FREEHOLD – Little Egg Harbor Police have charged a Pleasantville resident with making terroristic threats against the Pinelands Regional High School.
Police confirmed that a person utilizing the username “Buddha Caserta” made threats by posting on Snapchat via a group message that gang members were coming to shoot up the school. “Buddha Caserta” also sent two Snapchat messages threatening two students at the school with physical harm.
Officers were able to determine that Frankie Caserta, 21, was responsible for posting the threats. Officers from the Little Egg Harbor Police Department and Pleasantville Police Department arrested Caserta on May 25 at his residence in Pleasantville in connection with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in Burlington County on unrelated charges.
Caserta was transported to the Burlington County Jail, where he was lodged pending a detention hearing. A day later, detectives from the Little Egg Harbor Police Department and Pleasantville Police Department executed a search warrant at his home in Pleasantville, seizing electronic devices.
While charges for terroristic threats were signed against Caserta on May 26, the investigation continues and additional charges may be forthcoming.
Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer acknowledged the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, and Pleasantville Police Department, for their combined and collaborative assistance in connection with this investigation.