Monroe police make arrest in Aquarion bomb threat case

Jamar Wade

MONROE, CT — Bridgeport police officers picked up a city man on a Monroe arrest warrant at his home on Kossuth Street Friday, stemming from bomb threats made at three Aquarion Water Co. buildings in both municipalities on Dec. 20. The threats were unfounded.

Jamar Wade, 35, of Kossuth Street, denies calling in the threats to the Aquarion building at 200 Monroe Turnpike in Monroe and two locations in Bridgeport.

On Dec. 20, police said Wade allegedly made the calls, while claiming to be a disgruntled employee who was laid off. On Tuesday, Monroe Police Lt. Michael Sweeney said nothing in town detectives’ investigation indicated Wade was a water company employee.

An Aquarion customer service representative reported the phone call at 12:23 p.m., and the Aquarion Water Company building in Monroe was evacuated prior to the arrival of the Monroe police and fire departments.

The Stamford Police Bomb Squad, which also responded to the emergency call, assisted in the investigation. Its bomb detecting dogs searched the building and found nothing suspicious, according to police.

Through their investigation, Monroe police detectives identified Wade as a suspect and applied for an arrest warrant.

Wade was charged with first-degree threatening and first-degree falsely reporting an incident. He was unable to post the court set bond of $250,000 and was later taken to Bridgeport Superior Court for his arraignment on Tuesday.

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