Franklin High School Student Charged With Making False Bomb Threat

Annissia Gayle. (Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’sw Office.)

A 19-year-old Franklin High School student was arrested April 3 and charged for allegedly phoning in a false bomb threat to the school in January.

The woman, Annissia Gayle of Somerset, remained in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, on April 4 pending her detention hearing, according to court records.

Gayle allegedly phoned in the threat to the school at about 12:45 p.m. Jan. 12, which prompted a school evacuation and searches by K9 Officers from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, New Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

An investigation by detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Franklin Township Police Department, as well as Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark Office’s Cyber Task Force led authorities to Gayle, according to the release.

Gayle was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. April 3 by detectives and the Franklin High School Resource Officer, according to the release. She was taken to FTPD headquarters for processing before being transported to Somerville.

Gayle was charged with 2nd Degree Creating a False Public Alarm, according to the release.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533, or via the STOPit app. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County. This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime. The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County.  The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: “SOMERSETNJ”. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


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