Cops: Pleasantville Man Charged for Threats Against a South Jersey High School
A man from Pleasantville has been arrested and charged after authorities say he made threats against a high school in southern Ocean County late last month.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 21-year-old Frankie Caserta is facing three counts of terroristic threats that were allegedly made against Pinelands Regional High School between May 23rd and 25th.
Billhimer's office says,
On May 25, 2021, Pinelands Regional High School officials notified the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department that a student had alerted them that threats had been made against particular students – as well as the school itself – by an individual via the social media application Snapchat. A subsequent investigation by the Little Egg Harbor Police Department confirmed that a person utilizing the username “Buddha Caserta” made threats against Pinelands Regional High School by posting on Snapchat via a group message that gang members were coming to shoot up the school. The individual also sent two Snapchat messages threatening two students at the school with physical harm. Officers were able to determine through continuing investigation that Caserta was responsible for posting the threats.
On May 25th, cops arrested Caserta at his home in Pleasantville for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in Burlington County on unrelated charges.
The next day, a search warrant was executed at his home and detectives seized multiple electronic devices.
On June 1st, Caserta was released from the Burlington County Jail and then taken to the Ocean County Jail where he will remain pending a detention hearing on the terroristic threats charges.
Billhimer says, "Although charges for terroristic threats were signed against Caserta on May 26th, the investigation remains active and ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming."