According to the Hoboken Police Department (HPD), a male individual entered Hoboken City Hall through the Newark Street entrance just before 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15. The person went through metal detectors and told security officers that he was going to use the restroom.
Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Freeman, who was alone in his office, observed that a bag with an object had been thrown in the direction of the administrative assistant’s desk. The individual ran out of the Mayor’s Office when Freeman made eye contact. Freeman then called HPD.
“This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “The Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall, and we have been working to implement their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.”
“We take incidents like these incredibly seriously and will continue working to ensure the security of the mayor and everyone who visits City Hall,” said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante.