A crack unit of elite marshals and detectives stopped an alleged plot to blow up Central Park‘s iconic Alice in Wonderland statute.
Officers from the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, a joint unit of the US Marshals Service and NYPD investigators, arrested 30-year-old Kevin Fallon at a hotel in the Theatre District on Saturday 11 April.
Mr Fallon had allegedly threatened to blow up the famous New York landmark and kill his father and ex-girlfriends, saying “this is going to hurt. None of you are safe. I am lethal”, according to a criminal complaint reported by The New York Daily News.
Depicting characters from Lewis Carrol’s classic novel, the Alice in Wonderland statue has been a fixture of Central Park since 1959.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed that Mr Fallon was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, making terroristic threats, and aggravated harassment.
It is alleged the Upper West Side man sent a series of group text messages over the past week warning he would blow up the statue, with follow-up photos of what appeared to be a pipe bomb with a wristwatch wrapped around it.
“The alarm clock bomb is real,” one the text allegedly read. “When I give it to him it will be filled with powder and ready to detonate.”
The NYPD said they found Mr Fallon with “multiple devices” and “upon further investigation, discovered that he had made threats to his father and ex-girlfriend and stating that he will blow up the Alice in Wonderland statue inside of Central Park.”
Mr Fallon was arraigned on Monday and ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination.
» Source » By Justin Vallejo