Ocean County authorities announced that on May 3, Mr. David Giordano, 36, of Toms River, was charged with Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm.
According to Ocean County officials, the charges are typically crimes of the third degree but have been elevated to crimes of the second degree because they were committed during a declared State of Emergency.
In the investigation, police said three videos were uploaded to a public YouTube Channel entitled ‘Toms River Police are the Best.’ These videos included images of Giordano, news coverage Giordano’s previous arrest in connection with painting a blue line on Hooper Avenue, images of the Ocean County Justice Complex as well as Toms River Township Town Hall - followed by a video of a homemade bulldozer destroying public buildings in Granby, Colorado in 2004.
Police say the videos also included graphics stating the person posting the video would turn Toms River Township Town Hall and the Ocean County Justice Complex “upside down.”
An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit determined that Giordano produced and posted the videos to the YouTube Channel,” Prosecutor Billhimer said.
On May 3, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, and Berkeley Township Police Department executed court-authorized search warrants on two residences - one in Toms River and the other in Berkeley Township - where Giordano is known to reside.
As a result, Detectives recovered and seized several items containing digital evidence. Toms River Township Police Officers subsequently performed a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle operated by Giordano.
Police say Giordano was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Giordano was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.