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Man Arrested for Threatening to 'Blow Up' Homeless Shelter, NYPD Says

By Serena Dai | October 13, 2015 6:27pm | Updated on October 14, 2015 7:27am
 The 90th Precinct covers the southern and eastern parts of Williamsburg.
The 90th Precinct covers the southern and eastern parts of Williamsburg.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — A man was charged last week for threatening to blow up a 400-bed East Williamsburg homeless shelter and trying to hurt his arresting officers, police said.

Anthony Wood, 39, was charged with making a terrorist threat for saying he'd call in a bomb scare to The Doe Fund's Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity, at 89 Porter Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, around 3 a.m., according to police and a criminal complaint.

"I am going to call in a bomb scare and blow this place up," Wood said, according to the complaint. "Maybe if I blow this place up that will make you pay attention to me."

The Doe Fund's security team said Wood was "visibly intoxicated" and was already being held in front of the shelter's security desk, around 1:50 a.m., according to a statement from spokesman Alexander Horwitz.

Uniformed officers happened to walk by for an unrelated call at the time, and Wood yelled at "Why aren't you helping me? I'll blow this damn place up" as they passed, Horwitz said.

The officers then led Wood out of the shelter and gave him a warning, but the security team was not aware of the terrorist threat charge.

Wood returned the shelter around 3 a.m. and threatened some of The Doe Fund security members, who then called 911, Horwitz said.

When officers arrived, Wood threatened to throw a rock at the arresting officer's car, according to police.

When police told Wood he could be arrested, he responded that he didn't care, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.

Police tried to handcuff Wood, but he flailed around and tried to hit and kick the officers, even after he was taken to Woodhull Hospital, police said.

He was hit with six charges, including making a terrorist threat, harassment, resisting arrest and attempted assault, authorities said.

He was later released on his own recognizance.

Wood's attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Doe Fund is not allowed to disclose whether Wood is a client.

"As always, we're grateful for the NYPD's assistance in keeping our facility and neighbors safe," Horwitz said in a statement. "The Doe Fund's security force is a full-time, professionally licensed team led by two former NYPD detectives."

The Doe Fund's East Williamsburg location is one of its "Ready, Willing and Able" facilities, which offer a nine- to 12-month transitional work program to help residents find employment and permanent housing.