The frightening incident went down at a Starbucks coffee shop located in Morristown, New Jersey. The suspect allegedly entered the store sometime after 2:00 p.m. and shouted, “There’s no bombs in here.” He then reportedly dropped a couple of bags on the ground and quickly fled the building.
The store workers subsequently dialed 911 and alerted the Morristown Police Department. Morristown cops quickly arrived at the scene and found two pieces of luggage inside the Starbucks. While members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated, the entire downtown green area in Morristown was shut down. Authorities eventually determined that the bags did not pose a threat to the public.
The suspect was later located by law enforcement and taken to Morristown police headquarters for questioning. However, he was never criminally charged.
Now Tim Dougherty, the Morristown mayor, is speaking out about the Starbucks bomb scare and calling it “inexcusable” that Morris County prosecutors declined to prosecute the suspect. That’s because the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, not Morristown police, ultimately needed to decide whether to criminally charge the suspect for making terroristic threats.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Mayor Calls Lack of Charges in Morristown Bomb Scare ‘Inexcusable.’”