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Apple Store note results in bomb scare

updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu January 14, 2010

Charges blamed on 'recent terrorist plots'

Jason Barry, 17 years old, has been charged with making a terrorist threat at the Staten Island Apple Store, writes the New York Post. Prosecutors allege that Barry promised "bloody death" with a bomb note left on a screen in the store, signed under the name of a friend's father. Sometime after Barry left, an Apple worker discovered the note and called police.

Barry was arraigned yesterday in Staten Island Criminal Court, and defends the note as an innocent joke which he meant to delete. District attorney Daniel Donovan has taken an opposing view, arguing that the threat must be treated seriously considering other threats around the US. The statement is likely a reference to Umar Farouk Abdulmutalla, who on Christmas Day attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who believes this?
    For many many years anyone who has a brain "knows" that making "bomb" jokes is asking for trouble--so "innocent" is out. The only time it was "funny" was in the movie with Ben Stiller, "Meet the Parents."

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    haha very funny

    you know what else is funny? Idiots who think bomb threats are a joke, getting anally raped in jail.

    OK, I don't really want that to happen to him. Just put him in a cell for a couple days with a big dude who ACTS like he wants to violate him. That might sober up the soon-to-be-an-adult about his inappropriate sense of humor.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    give him a break

    The guy is 17. His brain is possibly in the early stages of development. Of COURSE he thinks a bomb joke is funny. Still, I second the request for a big dude cell mate for this guy.

    However, the one who REALLY should get a beating is this kid's lawyer who told him to claim the joke was "innocent".

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do terrorists usually leave notes

    before they blow up a store unless they're asking for some sort of compensation? I don't recall those 9/11 terrorists going around telling everyone that they were going to fly into the WTC. Most suicide bombers just walk into a crowded area and detonate themselves. I'd hardly think an self-respecting terrorist would yell out and say, "I'm a walking bomb and I've got my hand on the detonator. I'm just letting you know beforehand in case you want to run away."

    And yes, that note writer should be disciplined for wasting investigation time while maybe a real terrorist was wiring a bomb somewhere else in the Big Apple.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I blame video games, hollywood, and Ozzy.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The motive?

    This guy is obviously a Windows user who is tired of Apple getting all the good press! Ballmer probably brainwashed him and promised him a free copy of Windows Mobile 7!

    Well, it could be true.

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    TO: Do terrorists usually leave notes

    "I blame video games, hollywood, and Ozzy."

    Go ahead, be flippant and "cool".

    This is how it works. You make a public threat to take lives and you're going to face the consequences. Intent or otherwise, there are laws against this kind of thing. Clearly, he's like most teens and 20-somethings today... I can do what I want, and mommy and daddy will take care of everything.

    Clearly, he's not operating under the M.O. of a terrorist. This was a stupid thing to do, and whatever the punishment, he deserves it.

  1. chas_m



    Dumb kid

    I think we'd have to see what the note actually says before making a judgment on its seriousness, but signing it in the name of a family friend rather than one's own name or some obviously comic one indicates that one intended to -- at the very least -- seriously scare people.

    I would say some preventative book-throwing would probably be a good idea. Something mummy and da can't buy you out of.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Tonewheel, the point has been made, the kid is a dumb a**. he even signed some else's name to it.

    I hope he gets the full extent of the law. And since no one was hurt. We can make fun of the moron.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now if he wrote...

    It like this: Barry promised a i-Bloody i-Death with an i-Bomb note left on a screen in the store.

    Then the Judge might just had taken it as a "Joke". I will just say to Barry now, that he should get some i-Soap on a i-Rope real Fast!!!

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