Arrest Made in Monroe Bomb Scare
Thanks to the "Stop, Walk and Talk" detail in Monroe, a nerve-wracking situation was handled.
According to a Facebook post from the Monroe Police department, early yesterday morning a police officer came across a man walking on 17M by the Shop Rite Plaza. After following the "Stop, Walk and Talk" detail, that was introduced to the Monroe Police Department two months ago, the man made statements to the officer that raised suspicion.
The man, 26-year-old Abdurrahman Issam Qadan, stated that he was connected with ISIS and he was heading to LaGuardia Airport. He told the officer he had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend who was driving him at the time, so he exited the vehicle. The vehicle had his belonging in it, including a duffel bag.
After continued questioning Qadan warned officers not to go near the duffel bag, which he said he left behind the Mobil Gas Station, because it was filled with explosives. At that point, the New York State Police Bomb Unit was called and parts of 17M and Route 208 were closed for a portion of the day for safety reasons. The Bomb Unit found the bag and determined that it did not hold any explosives.
Abdurrahman Issam Qadan was charged with falsely reporting an Incident in the Second Degree, making terroristic threats and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. According to Hudson Valley News 12 Qadan is being held at Orange County Jail on $500,000 cash bail/$1 million dollars bond.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations Joint Terrorist Task Force with help from the Monroe Police Detectives interview Quadan who admitted he lied about having ties to ISIS and having explosives on him.