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Man sent for mental health evaluation after Walmart bomb scare (PHOTOS)

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A 66-year-old man has been sent to the hospital for a mental health evaluation after making comments that forced an evacuation of the Mansfield Township Walmart Saturday afternoon. 

At 12:03 p.m. township police responded to Walmart, located on Route 57, for a report of a man possibly strapped with a bomb in the store, according to Mansfield Township Police Chief Michael Reilly.

The man had allegedly made a comment to another person in the store that “he wired it himself” and “you can watch me in the news,” Reilly said.

The store was evacuated in an orderly manner by employees and police, Reilly said.

“Nothing suspicious was found in the store,” Reilly said.

New Jersey State Police responded with two bomb dogs and nothing was found. The store was reopened after approximately 3 1/2 hours, Reilly said.

The man, whose name was not released, was developed as a suspect using store surveillance video. The man was located at his residence by officers. He was interviewed by detectives and was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, Reilly said.

The Warren County Prosecutors Office, Hackettstown Police, Hackettstown Police K-9 Jada, Independence Police and New Jersey State Police, Mansfield Fire Departments and the Mansfield Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.

“We would like to thank all assisting agencies and Walmart employees for their professionalism,” Reilly said.

(Photo: Evacuation At Mansfield Twp Walmart/Jay Edwards | For WRNJ)
(Photo: Jay Edwards | For WRNJ)
(Photo: Jay Edwards | For WRNJ)
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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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