Cream Ridge man who threatened to shoot up New Egypt High School graduation is indicted
The Cream Ridge man, arrested and charged with threatening to shoot up his high school's graduation ceremony in June, has now been indicted, according to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.
19-year old Matthew Vanderbeek's charges include terrorism after investigators found he made threats on social media against New Egypt High School and that he was trying to obtain a firearm.
The indictment stems from the investigation that began on June 19 by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit Det. Brant Uricks and Plumsted Township Police Det. Anthony Ringle into an alleged threat made by a New Egypt High School student to shoot students and staff at the school's graduation ceremony.
The investigation led to the identification of Vanderbeek as the suspect who allegedly utilized social media to communicate his intention to shoot school students and staff.
A search warrant was approved and authorized to search Vanderbeek's Hyacinth Court residence to check for weapons, additional evidence of the crime and to attempt to seize any communications made via phone or computer.
The search warrant was executed by the initial investigating agencies, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff's Office's CSI, as well as, their K-9 capable of detecting the presence of firearms or ammunition.
The search warrant and follow-up investigation verified the threats by Vanderbeek.
He was arrested without incident and transported to the Ocean County Jail where he remains incarcerated.
The charges listed in the indictment are: Count one Terrorism first degree, Count two Unlawful Possession of a Weapon fourth degree, Count three Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose third degree, and Count four Attempted Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose second degree.
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