Authorities: Man recently fired from Carlstadt business threatened to kill former co-workers in call to police
Authorities say a man from Hackensack who was recently fired from his job at a Carlstadt meat wholesale facility called police Tuesday and warned he was about to kill his former co-workers.
Mark Brownridge, 46, also known as Mark Sims, was later arrested without incident near Newark Penn Station. Earlier, officers rushed to Wonder Meats in Carlstadt to protect employees, who also had called authorities to report the threat.
Police say Brownridge called police just before 6 p.m. Tuesday and said he “was on his way to his former employer's location to kill everyone inside the building and that we better get there to stop him."
Police from multiple nearby towns, as well as the regional SWAT team, responded to Wonder Meats.
Police used cellphone data Wednesday to track Brownridge to the area of Penn Station in Newark. He was arrested with the assistance of New Jersey Transit Police.
Brownridge faces charges of terroristic threats, false public alarm and contempt of a court order.
He’s being held at the Bergen County Jail.