RAMSEY, NJ – A student who called in a fake school shooting threat is facing multiple charges, including false public alarm, terroristic threats, and harassment. According to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella Luke Natoli, 18, was arrested on charges of false public alarm, terroristic threats, and harassment. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Montvale Police Department under the direction of Chief Joseph Sanfilippo.
“On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office was notified by the Montvale Police Department that an unknown telephone caller using technology to anonymize his calling line identity (“caller ID”) placed a telephone call to a Bergen County high school official claiming that he was going to bring a gun to a sport’s practice that afternoon,” Musella said. “First responders and school officials took measures to ensure the safety of the campus while members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and the Montvale Police Department initiated an investigation to trace the call.”
Prosecutor Musella said, as a result of the investigation, it was determined that Natoli placed the alarming telephone call, which was a hoax threat. Detectives located him in Poughkeepsie, New York later that day, with the assistance of the Poughkeepsie Police Department.