Collingswood Man Terrorizes Camden with Bomb Threats, Police Say

Alon Adams reportedly phoned in six reports of bombs and shootings throughout Camden on Thursday, emptying buildings while police searched for explosives.

A 25-year-old Collingswood man set Camden on edge Thursday when he allegedly phoned in several bomb threats, warning of explosives throughout the city and in a high school there.

Alon Adams, of the 500 block of Collings Avenue, was arrested Thursday morning for the reported threats.

Authorities accuse Adams of calling the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Camden’s 911 system during a nearly two-hour period April 25. His calls, all of which proved to be false alarms, cleared buildings in Camden as officers searched for explosives.

Adams is accused of making calls that there were bombs or shots fired at:

  • 25 N. 5th Street, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office—bomb threat
  • 4th and Benson streets, New Mickle Baptist Church—caller stated a bomb was in a church
  • 4th and Benson streets—reported shots fired
  • 5th and Market streets, City Hall—bomb threat
  • 1000 Kenwood Ave.—reported shots fired
  • 1700 Park Blvd., Camden High School—bomb scare

Adams was implicated after caller ID tied him to the reports, according to the prosecutor’s office. Authorities phoned the number back and determined the threats were fake.

Adams was charged with six counts of creating a false public alarm, a third-degree crime. He was still being processed and his bail was not yet set as of this writing.

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Meghan April 25, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Sounds like a stellar human being!
Mel Sharples April 25, 2013 at 08:56 PM
So he lives by the High School? That's not so great.
emily jackson April 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Is that the address of the Heights of Collingswood? Non stop police/fire activity at that complex, 7 days a week.
Patrice Fietto April 26, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Oh great another genius on our streets! Imagine if he was in possession of a gun.. And the govt blames the guns not whose operating the guns.. I don't get it.
Mel Sharples April 26, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Well, you must be over-joyed he made these threats so that you could mouth off about your political agenda. Oh, and if he wanted to have a gun...he'd have one. As many as he wanted, and whatever caliber he wanted. It's entirely up to him because no one has the stomach to try and stop nutcases from arming themselves. The government has made NO effort to do ANYTHING about guns. What country do you live in? What on earth are you whining about?
Collingswoodnative April 26, 2013 at 02:11 PM
500 Collings Ave is the Collings Knight House. The "Heights of Collingswood" would be the 500 block. An other rock star in town, I'm looking for big things in the future for Mr. Adams.
Mel Sharples April 26, 2013 at 02:20 PM
He lives in the Collings Knight House? Guess this means the gubment will come and try and take away all our Edgar Allen Poe books. Which is what Obama has wanted to do since he entered office!
Patrice Fietto April 26, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I'm a citizen born and raised here..yea I guess he could have one if he wanted a gun that wasn't my point.. My point was that when is our mental health system going to start to work? It's a scarey world we live in.. Or don't you think so
Mel Sharples April 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Well then you should know that your government has made a decision NOT to do anything to strengthen gun laws or make even modest and basic changes to them. So not need to worry about the "government" doing any of the things you seem to fear. Must've missed the part about mental health since it was mentioned nowhere in your post.
Patrice Fietto April 26, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Must've.. Wow so much for leaving a comment.. I wasn't looking for an argument just voicing my opinion like you and everybody else did...in my opinion it's not the "GUNS THAT KILL PEOPLE IT'S THE IRRESPONSIBLES THAT CARRY THEM AND HAVE ACCESS TO THEM"last time I checked we were the government.
Linda A. April 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Maybe this man wasn't even part of the mental health system to begin with. It's not like the system has a "file" or psychological profile on every person who exists. The system only has a chance to work, if someone is part of the system already. Quite often, it is up to those closest to someone to recognize when they might need help. Otherwise, people who are having an "episode" often don't recognize it themselves. And if someone doesn't want treatment, it can't be forced upon them, until an unfortunate incident takes place, or someone is aware of an imminent threat/danger to self or others prior to an incident, in which case there is a chance to stop it before it happens, so long as the threat/danger is communicated to the proper authorities. No, the mental health system isn't perfect, but it's come a long way from where it was. And it makes a big difference for many who do use it. Not for all, but for many nonetheless. Mental health-challenged or not, people still have their rights. Just as law enforcement and security measures unfortunately can't possibly stop every tragedy before it happens, neither can the mental health system. At this point, though, I think we can all safely assume that this man is now a part of that system and has or will be psychiatrically evaluated. Aside from that, I assume he will be held in custody for some time, and possibly longer, if convicted. All of this being said, none of it means he will necessarily receive a mental health "diagnosis".
Linda A. April 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Not all people who commit crimes are mentally ill. Not all people who are mentally ill will commit crimes. Statistics show that only 4%-7% of mentally ill people commit violent crimes, depending upon the source of information. I have not found any statistics for what percentage of mentally ill people commit non-violent crimes. But the point here is that crime and mental illness do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. It is the stigmas and lack of understanding attached to mental illness which lead the masses in general to believe otherwise. Most people with a diagnosed mental illness are actually quite harmless. I am not saying all, but most. The availability of media creates an impression that is hard to escape from. All I ask is that people try to refrain from passing judgement. The reality is that chances are that you or someone you know will be touched by a mental health diagnosis at some point in your lives. People with a mental health diagnosis are often just like everyone else in many respects. Just as owning a gun doesn't mean you will commit a crime, neither does having a mental health diagnosis mean that either. And committing crimes, even violent crimes, does not always equate to being mentally ill. I am not saying what this man allegedly did was right. I am saying that the underlying reason may or may not be what some think.


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