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Bomb Investigation Leads to False Public Alarm Charges in Holmdel

Police responded to the Holmdel Motor Inn during the early morning hours of Jan. 31.

A disturbance call at the Holmdel Motor Inn on Thursday morning led to the arrest of Frank Espen, 48, and the discovery of fake bombs in his hotel room.

Espen was renting a room in the hotel when police arrived, according to police. After further investigation at the scene, police discovered propane tanks and and devices resembling bombs.

The Holmdel Police K-9 Unit responded to the scene, discovering the bombs were fake. A fake bomb was also discovered under Espen's car, according to Holmdel Township police.

Patrolman John Maguire arrested Espen and charged him with creating a false public alarm, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Holmdel police were assisted by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and the Monmouth County Fire Marshal.

Allison Fleck February 01, 2013 at 06:47 PM
God bless our police department. They are worth every penny of our tax dollars and then some!
Tom February 20, 2013 at 02:54 AM
No Groupies please!
George Clark February 20, 2013 at 03:26 AM
tom, ;please clarify your statement. seems too vague.
NJarhead February 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM
I'm dying to know why he had fake bombs.
Jerseyian March 03, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Why do we still have this sore thumb in town? The township should do something to get rid of this place, it only attracts disreputable individuals...

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