VILLAS, NJ (November 22,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--The Lower Township Police Department released the following statement regarding a bomb threat near Bayshore Road in the Villas section of the township
On Monday, November 19th, 2018 at approximately 10:20 a.m. Lower Township Police Officers were conducting a motor vehicle stop on Ridgewood Avenue just off Bayshore Road in the Villas section of Lower Township. The passenger of the vehicle shouted that he had a bomb in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers immediately removed both the driver and passenger from the area for their own safety.
Lower Township Shift Commander, Corporal Jennifer Anzelone, set up a safety perimeter around the area of the vehicle. She then initiated protocols for an explosive device response. Several homes and businesses were simultaneously evacuated and sections of Bayshore Road and Ridgewood Avenue were blocked off to traffic. Traffic was immediately diverted away from the potential threat.
A joint response by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic City Bomb Squad, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Lower Township Patrol and Detective Divisions, Villas Fire Department, and the Lower Township Rescue Squad was initiated to investigate the alleged explosive device.
A Command Center was immediately established in a designated staging area utilizing the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Incident Command Post vehicle.
Technicians examined the entire vehicle and determined that the vehicle was absent of any explosive device. The scene was deemed to be safe and subsequently cleared by the responding agencies. All roadways were then reopened. Residents were immediately notified that they could safely return to their homes. Business owners were also contacted so that they could safely resume normal activities.
Investigation revealed that Albert D. Narciso, 57 year old male, immediately exited the vehicle during the traffic stop. He was ordered to stay in the vehicle by a Police Officer and reluctantly did so after screaming profanities. Mr. Narciso exited the vehicle a second time becoming belligerent continuing to yell obscenities causing a small crowd of people to gather. It was determined that the driver was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Officers attempted to calm Mr. Narciso but he continued to yell and escalate the situation. While being questioned Mr. Narciso made two repeated statements that there was a bomb in the trunk. Mr. Narciso was arrested on scene and later charged on a warrant for False Public Alarms in violation of Title 2C:33-3A(1)(A) and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility.
During the ongoing investigation the driver of the vehicle, identified as Lori H. Narciso, 56 year old female, threatened to take her own life. Lower Township Police requested Lower Township Rescue respond for an evaluation. Upon arrival of medical personnel Ms. Narciso refused to go to the hospital and attempted to pull away from officers and flee the scene. She then started kicking her feet and struck an officer in the leg. She was then restrained and transported to Cape Regional Medical Center. She was later charged for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer in violation of Title 2C:12-1B(5)(A) and released on a summons.
A subsequent safety search of Mr. Narciso’s residence was conducted, which met with negative results.
Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204