NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Staten Island man is due in court after being arrested in connection with a string of bomb hoaxes.
Omar Duran, 54, was arrested Wednesday on charges of placing a false bomb, criminal possession of weapon and reckless endangerment.
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Investigators said Duran was so infatuated with his neighbor that he created an elaborate scheme to implicate her new husband, hoping to get rid of him and win the woman’s heart.
Three times since Sept. 2, police on Staten Island have been called for reports of suspicious packages.
When officers arrived, they found canvas bags stuffed with bomb-making materials, such as alarm clocks, wires, small propane tanks, containers of gasoline, plastic bottles and spray paint — all shrink-wrapped together.
Police called them crude improvised explosive devices and said while the elements were there, the packages lacked an ignition source.
“It looked like a bomb. It was assembled like a bomb and I said, ‘OK’ and called 911,” neighbor Sue Gunaratne said.
Each bag contained a note with a name and an address, police said.
Investigators said Duran never intended to blow anything up, but instead wanted cops to find the packages and link them to his love interest’s new husband.
Many neighbors said Duran’s arrest came as a surprise.
“Honestly, he was one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet,” said neighbor Ray Magnuski. “It’s a little shocking right now.”
“I guess I don’t know my neighbors,” another resident said.
Duran is set to be arraigned on Thursday.
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