Man arrested in threats against school, park

Posted: June 25, 2012

A Cumberland County, N.J., man has been arrested in connection with threatening phone calls made to Clementon Park and Splash World and a local high school, New Jersey state police announced Monday.

Darnell Loatman, 22, of Bridgeton, was arrested Friday and charged with offenses including two counts of making terroristic threats to Cumberland Regional High School on June 7 and to the amusement park Thursday.

Clementon police also are expected to file charges related to the park incident, which prompted evacuation of about 5,000 patrons, according to authorities.

That call - which implied that people would be hurt - was traced to a pay phone at a convenience store, according to authorities. Surveillance video and other intelligence were used to identify the suspect. A search of the park turned up nothing to substantiate a threat.    - Angelo Fichera

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