Man charged with felony vandalism after allegedly making a bomb threat Friday aimed at Eastern Gateway Community College

Borrowed phone to report bomb

YOUNGSTOWN — Matthew Alpeza, 41, was arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court on felony vandalism and other offenses for allegedly making a false 911 bomb threat regarding Eastern Gateway Community College on Friday evening.

A Youngstown police report states that police were notified at 6:37 p.m. that a man is “armed and dangerous and has a bomb and if he doesn’t hear sirens in the next five minutes, he will blow the place sky high.”

Eastern Gateway is on East Federal Street downtown.

When officers got to the college, Alpeza was sitting on a table in a common area and a security guard was standing next to him. The security guard told police that Alpeza was using the security officer’s phone and the security officer did “not know what was going on with” Alpeza, who was still on the security guard’s phone with 911.

Officers spoke to Alpeza, who said he did not have a bomb and “only stated that to get police on scene as he is scared for his life.” He was clenching a wireless ear phone charger as if it was a detonator according to a police report.

He said people were after him and he is “involved in things” and wants to go back home to Cleveland.

Alpeza was ordered to stand up, which he did, and he was handcuffed and taken to jail.

The security guard later explained that Alpeza ran into the building “asking to use his phone, saying people are after him.” Alpeza was on the security officer’s phone about 45 minutes before officers arrived and would not give it back to the security officer, the report stated.

Bond was set at $5,000. Alpeza remained in the jail Monday evening.


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