QUEENS — A man was busted for calling 911 a dozen times in two weeks to make phony terrorist threats, including reporting chemical bombs at JFK Airport and saying he was going to kill travelers and police officers, according to court documents.
Philip Ngom, a 64-year-old Senegal native who lived on 116th street near Frederic Douglass Boulevard, made at least 11 false bomb threats between June 9 and June 24, causing delays for thousands of travellers and wasted police time, officials said.
Ngom, who sometimes called 911 more than once a day, told emergency operators that he had planted chemical bombs and explosives containing nails at JFK Airport, sometimes adding the bombs were targeting Delta Airlines, according to the criminal complaint.
On the morning of June 18, he told a 911 operator he had three chemical bombs in a BMW and that he was planning to drive it to JFK, prosecutors charged. Ngom further stated that the bombs would be detonated at Delta Airlines and that they could go off at anytime.
"I'm going to kill a lot of people at the airport today. It's a pleasure to kill," he said during the 7:13 a.m. call.
Less than an hour later, at about 8 a.m. he called 911 again and told the operator that he had a bomb with nails and a detonator in the trunk of his car, re-affirming he was heading to Delta, according to the criminal complaint.
The next day, Ngom called a 911 operator again and said, "Muslims [were] on their way to place a bomb at JFK today," according to the criminal complaint.
On June 21, Ngom told the operator he was on a mission to kill police officers, prosecutors charged.
During a June 24 call, Ngom stated he had a naked police officer in his basement.
"I'm going to kill a lot of officers tonight," Ngom told the operator. "I have three bombs I want to place at JFK Airport," he stated again.
Ngom's threats caused disruptions for thousands of air travelers and extensive police resources were wasted to investigate them, Port Authority Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore said in a statement.
Ngom, who faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted, was arrested by the NYPD and Port Authority Police on June 25 after officers tracked him down through one of the two phones he used to make the calls, according to Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo and court documents.
Ngom was arraigned on Saturday at Queens Criminal Court and was held on $750,000 bail, according to the Queens District Attorney's office. He's due back in court on July 10.
Information regarding Ngom's lawyer was not immediately available.