The alleged culprit was collared within hours of police releasing surveillance footage that captured an image of a white man in his 20s casually walking away from the crime scene in the moments after the fake device was left by Green’s door.
The incident took place in the early minutes of Wednesday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. on 68th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.
Police charged the boy with placing a false bomb or hazardous substance. Authorities shave not released his name because he is a minor.
Local elected officials praised first responders before calling the untimely hoax a “sick joke” and a waste of police resources.
“An arrest has been made in connection to the fake “bomb” left on the doorstep of a retired FDNY 9/11 first-responder on 68th Street,” announced City Councilman Vincent Gentile in a press release yesterday. “I commend the 68 Precinct and their detective squad who worked around the clock and delivered a swift arrest in this case. What may have been a sick joke to this individual was no joking matter at all to law enforcement. I thank everyone that came forward with tips that helped bring this individual to justice.”
“I have just been informed that an arrest has been made of an individual in the Bay Ridge bomb scare that took place Tuesday night on 68th Street,” said State Senator Marty Golden on his senate page. “I commend the 68th Precinct, Commanding Officer Captain DiBlasio, and all the NYPD Detectives assigned to this case, for their work, in making sure that this individual is no longer roaming our streets, causing havoc and wasting police resources.”