Man Charged with Criminal Mischief, Drug Possession
On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Floral Park Police Department had a false alarm bomb scare at the Floral Park Motel. Police reported that a North Valley Stream man, staying at the Floral Park Motel on Jericho Turnpike, jumped out of his second-floor window that he had broken and walked westbound on Jericho Turnpike to Bellerose Village into a laundromat. The individual then called Floral Park Police Department at approximately 6:10 p.m. and indicated to arriving officers that he was kidnapped and held hostage and that there may be explosives in his motel room, according to police reports.
Floral Park Police Department, Nassau County Bureau of Special Operations and Nassau County Bomb Squad and emergency services responded and secured the inner perimeter. The Floral Park Motel and Jericho Turnpike was briefly shut down. Police made entry into the room and it was determined that there were no such explosives. It was reported by police that the suspect caused significant damage to the interior of the room estimated at $3,500 and officers found narcotics, believed to be cocaine, in the room.
Floral Park Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister and Village Officials arrived on the scene. “The county came out and was a great help,” said Commissioner McAllister. “It was a big deal. We didn’t know what we had. We were shooting down the story as we went but we still had to be concerned. It really ended up being ‘much ado about nothing’…I think everybody’s tensions were heightened because of the anniversary of the day of 9/11,” McAllister added.
Muhammed Hussain was charged with second-degree criminal mischief (Class D Felony); fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Class D Felony); and falsely reporting an incident. According to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Hussain was arraigned on Sept. 12 and bail was set at $40,000 or $20,000 cash.