Pleasantville man charged with threats against school
A Pleasantville man has been arrested and charged after authorities said he made threats against a high school in southern Ocean County late last month.
Ocean County District Attorney Bradley Billhimer said Frankie Caserta, 21, faces three counts of terrorist threats allegedly made against Pinelands Regional High School between May 23 and May 25.
Billhimer’s office says,
On May 25, 2021, officials at Pinelands Regional High School informed the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department that a student had alerted them that threats had been made against some students – as well as the school itself – by an individual through the Snapchat social network application. . A subsequent investigation by the Little Egg Harbor Police Department confirmed that a person using the username “Buddha Caserta” made threats against Pinelands Regional High School by posting on Snapchat via a group message that gang members came to shoot at the school. The individual also sent two Snapchat messages threatening two school students with physical injury. Officers were able to determine through continued investigation that Caserta was responsible for posting the threats.
On May 25, police arrested Caserta at her Pleasantville home on a pending warrant for failing to appear in Burlington County Court on unrelated charges.
The next day, a search warrant was executed at his home and detectives seized several electronic devices.
On June 1, Caserta was released from Burlington County Jail and then taken to Ocean County Jail where he will remain pending a detention hearing on charges of terrorist threats.
Billhimer said: “Although charges of terrorist threats were signed against Caserta on May 26, the investigation remains active and ongoing and additional charges may be laid.”