NYPD: Man walked into S.I. precinct stationhouse, claimed video-game box was an explosive, yelled ‘this is going to go off!’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Authorities allege that a 25-year-old man falsely claimed that a video-game case was going to explode inside the 121st Precinct stationhouse in Graniteville.

Marcus Lugo of the 2600 block of Veterans Road West allegedly made the threat on May 9 at about 10:50 a.m. at the stationhouse at 970 Richmond Ave., according to police and the criminal complaint.

Lugo entered the precinct through a rear door.

While the defendant was standing inside the stationhouse, within about two feet of a male lieutenant, he allegedly held a video-game case in his hand.

“You have five seconds and this is going to go off… five, four, three, two, one,” the criminal complaint alleges that Lugo said.

The suspect opened the case, but it did not explode.

The complaint alleges that Lugo “did knowingly convey false information by words and actions to an informant, a member of the New York City Police Department.”

Lugo falsely reported “an alleged impending explosion which did not in fact occur, causing the informant to fear for his life, serious physical injury, physical injury, annoyance and alarm,” the complaint alleges.


Two days earlier, on May 7 around 8 a.m., Lugo used a broomstick to strike a 33-year-old co-worker in the face at a conveyor belt at the Amazon facility at 546 Gulf Ave. in Bloomfield, the complaint alleges. The victim suffered injuries that included a laceration to the nose, along with redness, bruising, swelling and pain in his face. Lugo was arrested in less than a half hour.

In connection with the threat at the precinct stationhouse, Lugo has been charged with falsely reporting a fire, explosion or hazardous substance to an official, menacing, harassment, and obstructing governmental administration.

The assault on Gulf Avenue prompted charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.

Bond has been set at $30,001/$10,001 cash for the defendant.

He is being held at Rikers Island and is due back in Criminal Court on June 2, according to public records.

An attorney for the defendant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Amazon did not immediately provide a comment.


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