TOMS RIVER – A Toms River man has been arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats after posting serval videos that include threats to town officials, police and more.
On May 3, David Giordano, 36, of Toms River, was charged with Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm. Normally these charges are crimes of the third degree, but since New Jersey is in a declared State of Emergency the charges are elevated to crimes of the second degree, according to officials.
“On April 12, 2021, three videos were uploaded to a public YouTube Channel entitled ‘Toms River Police are the Best.’ These videos included images of Giordano, news coverage Giordano’s previous arrest in connection with painting a blue line on Hooper Avenue, images of the Ocean County Justice Complex as well as Toms River Township Town Hall – followed by a video of a homemade bulldozer destroying public buildings in Granby, Colorado in 2004,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. “The videos also included graphics stating the person posting the video would turn Toms River Township Town Hall and the Ocean County Justice Complex ‘upside down.’ An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit determined that Giordano produced and posted the videos to the YouTube Channel.”
After investigating Giordano’s videos, detectives executed search warrants at a Toms River home and Berkeley home, where Giordano is known to reside. Subsequently, detectives recovered and seized several items containing digital evidence.
Toms River Police then performed a motor vehicle stop on Giordano, resulting in his arrest. Giordano was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, and Berkeley Township Police Department, for their cooperative efforts in connection with this investigation and subsequent arrest of Giordano.
The public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.