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Monmouth Court House Bomb Threat Suspect Charged

A 35-year-old whose last known address is in Neptune Township is charged with placing the phoned bomb threat that cleared the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold last month.

Ellis Goodson (Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

Ellis Goodson is charged with false public alarm Tuesday. According to Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, investigators traced the October 25 call to Freehold Borough, and Goodson’s deactivated cell phone, that placed only 9-1-1 calls.

Golden says that Goodson became a prime suspect within 12 hours of the incident. Several canine teams swept through the building and no explosives were found. Their investigation was shelved when Hurricane Sandy relief efforts became a priority.

“I commend all of the officers involved in this case for their exceptional police work and cooperative efforts toward getting the individual responsible for the courthouse bomb threat behind bars,” said Golden. “This arrest sends a clear message that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated.”

Authorities say Goodson was found in possession of a controlled dangerous substance at the time of his arrest. He’s lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold. Bail was set at $25,000 in relation to the threat and $20,000 in connection with CDS possession.

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