Warren man accused of Sandy Hook threat to be arraigned today
By Ed Runyan
An arraignment hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. today in Warren Municipal Court to determine whether a man accused of making a Facebook threat involving Warren Schools on Feb. 1 will be eligible to make bond.
Alan M. Jordan, 33, of Laird Avenue Southeast, was arrested Feb. 3 on a felony inducing-panic charge after he was accused of posting threatening comments about how children had treated his child, who attends Warren’s McGuffey K-8 school.
The post says, “I swear to God, I’ll make Sandy Hook look like a day at Disney ... so y’all better control ya [expletive] kids ...”
Sandy Hook is a reference to Dec. 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Jordan has not yet been arraigned on his charge because Judge Thomas Gysegem of Warren Municipal Court ordered that Jordan be evaluated to determine whether he is a threat to himself or others.
The results were to be used to determine whether to allow Jordan to be released from custody on bond.
On Tuesday, Judge Gysegem made some surprising comments in the court’s docketing system for the case, saying that Jordan’s evaluation report was “missing.”
“It has not been conveyed to the court or the jail or to the prosecutor or defense or to probation or to referring agency,” the entry says. “City given 48 hours to produce report or case will be dismissed.”
The judge said Wednesday afternoon the report is now in the court’s hands, after he issued a court order early Wednesday to the Trumbull County Jail to turn over its copy.
In reality, the order should have been directed at Coleman Professional Services of Warren, which was ordered to carry out the evaluation, or the state psychiatric hospital where Jordan ultimately went for the evaluation, the judge said.
Judge Gysegem made several phone calls before issuing the order in an attempt to get a copy of the report so that today’s hearing could take place, but “I can’t get Coleman to answer the phone,” he said.
He also couldn’t get the state mental hospital to “answer the phone,” he said, adding “I need information now. I can’t wait three days.”
The jail always has been cooperative and was cooperative in this instance, the judge said. He only issued an order to the jail because he knew how to get in touch with officials there, he said.
Tammy Weaver, chief officer of Coleman’s Trumbull business unit, said she was not able to talk to the judge late Wednesday to better understand the problem, but her staff has indicated that an evaluation was done Feb. 6, and a report was faxed to the judge’s probation officer the same day.