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By: Yael Katzwer - Staff Writer
SOUTH ORANGE — Seton Hall University was evacuated Thursday, May 30, after the South Orange Police Department notified the university of a bomb threat. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the South Orange Police Department announced Monday, June 3 that an arrest warrant was issued for former SHU student Dennis Mamrosz, 24, of Yonkers, N.Y., for third-degree, terroristic threats.
As of presstime, Mamrosz was already being held in the Westchester County Jail in New York on unrelated charges.
The SOPD notified the school of the online threat at approximately 3:36 p.m. on May 30, according to a release from Daniel Kalmanson, an SHU spokesperson.
The exact wording of the bomb threat has not been made available but, according to a release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the SOPD received “a copy of a threatening email from a tipster.”
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit responded and searched the campus for explosives. None were found and the university was reopened Friday, May 31, at 8 a.m. to continue classes as scheduled, according to press releases on the South Orange website and from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
“The Essex County Bomb Squad and other, local, law-enforcement agencies conducted a thorough search of each of the buildings on campus and found no evidence of explosive devices,” Kalmanson wrote. “All classes and campus operations will resume as normal beginning Friday.”
The search was aided by NJ Transit’s Special Operations and Montclair State University police, according to the South Orange website. The South Orange Fire Department, South Orange Rescue Squad, Maplewood First Aid Squad and Office of Emergency Management were on standby on campus to help.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office release, Mamrosz was not incarcerated at the time the online threat was made; his bail was set at $20,000. Mamrosz was former student at SHU until 2010, and did not graduate.
An extradition process will be initiated at the completion of Mamrosz’s charges in Westchester, according to the Prosecutor’s Office release.
Yael Katzwer can be reached at 908-686-7700, ext. 127, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.