On Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30pm, Quaker Bridge Mall security received a call reporting there was an explosive device in the food court area from what appeared to be from a computer generated voice.  

The Quaker Bridge Mall was evacuated as a precaution. K-9 units from the New Jersey State Police, Mercer County Sheriffs Officer and Princeton Police searched the mall interior finding no evidence of an explosive device. Mall employees were allowed to return into the mall at approximately 8:30pm.

This is one of at least two dozen “swatting” hoaxes that occurred in New Jersey since last year.

If anyone has any information to assist in this investigation, please contact Det. Todd Caruso at 609-844-7127 or the Lawrence Township Police at 609-896-1111.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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