Freehold man charged with threatening law enforcement on Twitter
A Freehold man who allegedly used his twitter account to post two alarming text messages threatening law enforcement is charged with making online threats and is not allowed to use the internet per a prior court order, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.
54-year old Ronald Charles is charged with second degree False Public Alarm and fourth degree Contempt for making the threats on December 3 using the Twitter handle @NJSuxx but the content of those threats is not available and that account is listed as private.
Law enforcement tracked the account to Charles.
Investigators says Charles also contacted a local media outlet to take out an advertisement making similar threats.
Charles is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow for a detention hearing before Judge James J. McGann.
The case has been assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan.
In 2016, Prosecutor Gramiccioni with assistance from former State Senator Jen Beck and other state legislators was integral in amending the False Public Alarm statute.
The amendment increased the penalties for the crime of False Public Alarm when there is the report of an impending bomb, hostage situation, a person is armed with a deadly weapon or there is any other incident that elicits an immediate or heightened response by law enforcement or emergency services.
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