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.