Police: Teen accused of making threat had access to shotguns

A Woodbridge teen is facing charges of terroristic threats and creating a false public alarm after he allegedly stated that he planned to shoot other students at Woodbridge High School last week.

The 17-year-old male was arrested Oct. 29 after police investigated a rumor that had circulated about the teen’s alleged statement and found it to be credible, according to Woodbridge Police Capt. Roy Hoppock.

Officers searched the teen’s residence and found that he had access to three shotguns, Hoppock said. Police seized the guns, which reportedly belonged to his father. After determining that the father was legally prohibited from possessing firearms, police charged him with one count of certain persons not to have weapons, according to Hoppock.

The teen was also found to be in possession of a single-edge razor blade, police said. In addition to the terroristic threats and false public alarm charges, he was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

He was being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in North Brunswick, pending an appearance in state Superior Court. Police confirmed that the teen was still incarcerated this week.

“We won’t know of any conditions for release unless a judge allows him to be released, and then the judge will state what the conditions are,” Hoppock said.

Police did not indicate where or when the student made the alleged threat, and Hoppock said the situation is still being investigated.

Police withheld the identity of the teen because he is a minor, and declined to release the father’s name so that the teen’s identity would not be compromised.