Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Man Arrested for Gang Initiation Warning

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-7/122820271458240.xml&coll=3

The Jersey Journal [NJ]
2 December 2008

'YELLING FIRE' ON A CROWDED WEB SITE
Hoax posts said women being shot in gang violence

By MICHAELANGELO CONTE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A Jersey City man who allegedly made mischief on the Internet on Mischief Night by spreading false reports of gang violence in Jersey City and Bayonne was arrested yesterday.

Officials subpoenaed information from Comcast and the Web site JCList.com, where the postings appeared, leading to the arrest of Andrew T. Lazaro, 19, of Bentley Avenue, on a count of causing false public alarm, Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey said in a press release last night.

The sick warnings posted on JCList on Oct. 30 under the moniker "Tom" claimed that several schoolgirls and women in Jersey City and Bayonne were shot as part of a gang initiation, and caused a flood of 911 calls, officials said. [...]