POINT PLEASANT BEACH – A Brick man has been arrested in connection to the two bomb threats made on the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk.
Around 1:15 p.m. on June 3, a business on the boardwalk was receiving phone calls regarding a bomb threat. As a result, the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department immediately evacuated the boardwalk, beach and surrounding businesses.
Several K9’s were at the scene to detect any bombs on the boardwalk. After three hours of searching, police deemed the boardwalk safe and reopened it to the public.
The next day, June 4, Jenkinson’s Main Business Office received another phone call reporting a bomb threat. Once again, the department evacuated the boardwalk, beaches and surrounding businesses and called in numerous K9 bomb detection teams to clear the boardwalk.
Investigation later identified the caller to be Nkosi Jones, 19, of Brick. He was arrested and charged with two counts of False Public Alarm, a second-degree crime and two counts of Terroristic Threats, a third-degree crime for calling in two separate bomb threats on the boardwalk.
“I’d like to thank all of the surrounding agencies that responded on two separate occasions to assist our officers with evacuating and searching the boardwalk,” Chief Joseph A. Michigan said. “I’d also like to acknowledge the members of my detective bureau for their hard work and efforts in this investigation to locate and identify Mr. Jones as the suspect who made the threatening phone calls on both June 3 and June 4.”
Jones was taken into custody without incident, processed and transported to Ocean County Jail pending future court proceedings.
If anyone has any additional information about these incidents, contact the Detective Bureau at 732-892-0500 ext. 173.
Jones has been only charged with these crimes and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.