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Man Arrested Over Online Post About Destroying PAPD Headquarters

County Prosecutor Claims 30-Year-Old Perth Amboy Man Made "Cyber Threat"
PAPD headquarters
Perth Amboy's public safety complex was allegedly the target of a threat made on social media by a man who now faces a charge. Google Maps

PERTH AMBOY, NJ-- Middlesex County's prosecutor Andrew Carey announced the arrest of a man who allegedly made an online threat "to destroy the Perth Amboy police headquarters" on June 21.

Rolando Medina, a 30-year-old resident of the Bay City, was arrested and held on $2,500 bail, according to authorities.  He faces a charge of "cyber harassment."

"He was charged after the threat was discovered on a social media site," read the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) press release, which did not indicate which social media site the threat was posted on, or when it was posted.

Perth Amboy's police department is located at 365 New Brunswick Avenue.  Opened in 2008, the PAPD shares the complex with the city's municipal court, an emergency management center, community space, and the Raritan Bay YMCA. 

Carey issued the strange statement jointly with the city's Deputy Chief Lawrence Cattano, who last year replaced Benjamin Ruiz, the former Chief that Carey's staff is currently prosecuting for a slew of offenses 

New Brunswick Today obtained the MCPO's release about the cyber harrassment charges despite an ongoing media blackout that has resulted in all of our reporters being removed from the list of email addresses that receive official MCPO statements.

"The defendant must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can be released on bail," read the brief statement.

The announcement said that the MCPO's investigation into the threat was "active and is continuing."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mohamed Mohamed of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 442-4400.