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Bomb Threat Made At New York Casino

Police Arrest Suspect For ‘Swatting’ Incident


A bomb threat at a New York casino in Tuesday’s early morning hours has landed a teenager in jail.

At around 2 a.m., police responded to a bomb threat at Rivers Casino in the city of Schenectady. Officers worked with casino staff to evacuate the entire casino and hotel, followed by using explosive-detecting dogs to search the property.

Police gave the all clear for visitors to return to the property around 4 a.m.

“The Schenectady Police Department would like to thank security staff at Rivers Casino and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this incident,” the police department noted after the incident.

Arrest Made

After securing the scene, officers began investigating the source of the call. The department was able to determine who made the call, according to reports, and arrested Shenel M. Rexha, 19, of Amsterdam.

Police allege that the call was an incident of “swatting.” The BBC describes the act as “making a hoax call to the police and alleging a serious violent crime so that a heavily-armed Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT Team) is dispatched.”

Swatting has seemingly been on the rise in recent years, wasting the efforts of law enforcement and scaring and frustrating victims. Schenectady police haven’t offered a motive that Rexha might have had for the alleged swatting call. He has now been charged with a felony of second-degree falsely reporting an incident.