Former student charged with ‘swatting’ Paramus, NJ, school and mall
A Bergen County man is facing charges of "swatting" his former prep school.
The Paramus Police Department says 18-year-old Alex Barrales first called 911 to report a man was being threatened with a knife at Windsor Preparatory High School.
Barrales is a former student at the prep school.
Officers were investigating that report when another 911 call came in reporting a shooting at Garden State Plaza in Westfield. During that call, a dispatcher believed she heard gunshots, and officers initiated an "active shooter response."
Investigators determined both calls, made on May 13, to be bogus.
Barrales has been charged with two counts of creating a false public alarm. NJ.com reports he has been released from the Bergen County Jail.
Police have not said what may have motivated Barrales to make those calls.