Man arrested for alleged threat to ‘blow up’ Kings Point Police Department

Rockaway Park resident Michael Mortman allegedly threatened to blow up the Kings Point Police Department on May 20, according to the Nassau County Police Department. (Photo courtesy of the Nassau County Police Department)

A Rockaway Park man was arrested for allegedly threatening to “blow up” the Village of Kings Point Police Department, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Nassau detectives said 61-year-old Michael Mortman of 140 Beach 119th St., Rockaway Park, Queens, verbally threatened to blow up the village’s Police Department, located at 32 Stepping Stone Lane, in a phone call around 10:30 p.m. on May 20. Mortman was identified after detectives from the county’s Sixth Squad located him, according to a news release.

A spokesperson for the county Police Department told Newsday that New York City police  officers arrested him around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in Queens.

According to officials, Mortman, who was arraigned in Mineola on Monday, was charged with making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment in the second-degree. Mortman is next due in court on June 9, according to court records.

According to Newsday, Mortman is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. Efforts to reach a spokesperson from the county Police Department or a representative from the Legal Aid Society for further comment were unavailing.

Kings Point Police Department Commissioner George Banville said the village’s law enforcement did a “certain amount” of work on the case, with the rest being passed to the county’s Police Department.

“We don’t want to do anything that can interfere with that case,” Banville said in a phone interview.

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