On 6/14/2016, at approximately 08:53 am, Officers responded to 115 Highview Ave (Lincoln Elementary School) on a report of a lockdown. Upon arrival, officers met with the school employee. It was reported that a Hispanic male in his 50’s with salt and pepper hair, wearing a black pants and a black shirt approached a teacher in the parking lot and stated that he wanted to “blow up the school”. The male then left the area on foot. As a precaution, all Bergenfield Schools were placed on lockdown. Officer Daynel Ozorio located the male on New Bridge Rd / Greenbriar St. Upon further investigation, the male was arrested and identified as Edgar Perez, age 48, of Bergenfield, NJ.
Officers searched the area of the school and did not observe anything suspicious. Officers also responded to Mr. Perez’s residence and were given permission by Mr. Perez’s mother to conduct an interior search of the home. The search yielded negative results.
The Bergenfield Police Dept. in conjunction with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office handled the case. Edgar Perez was charged with the following: 2C:33-2a(1), disorderly conduct and 2C:12-3A, Terroristic threats. Bergenfield Municipal Court Judge Herbert was contacted and bail was set at $20,000 with no 10% option. In lieu of bail, Edgar Perez will be transported to Bergen County Jail.