UPDATE: A transient from Ho-Ho-Kus was arrested after he left a backpack with what he said contained a bomb at police headquarters last night, Chief Chris Minchin told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.
Headquarters was evacuated, along with the Fire Department and EMS headquarters that are all part of the Borough Hall complex after John Edwards III “walked into police headquarters carrying a black backpack, said there was a possible bomb inside, put it on the floor and walked out,” Minchin said.
An officer brought the package outside and Edwards was taken into custody around 9:20 p.m. Police then summoned the Bergen County Bomb Squad.
The pack turned out to contain some clothing — along with batteries, a Walkman with headphones and a hair clipper.
“It was wires and batteries, so the Bergen County Bomb Squad had to x-ray it from different angles,” the chief said.
“Every day you read something going on with police somewhere,” Minchin said. “So you have to be very cautious.”
Edwards was ordered held on $75,000 bail, charged with making terroristic threats and causing a false public alarm and brought to Bergen Regional Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
Two officers, a dispatch and Edwards were relocated to Waldwick police headquarters, and dispatching was conducted from there.
All vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, were removed.
All on-duty firefighters and EMS workers remained on standby.
Sheridan, Warren, and Sycamore avenues were closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Everyone was able to return just after 11 p.m., Minchin said. Edwards was then processed, he said.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy Ho-Ho-Kus PD