- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - A man who allegedly told security guards at a New Jersey mall that he thought there were bombs in the building has been charged with creating a false public alarm.

The Willowbrook Mall in Wayne was evacuated after 56-year-old Anthony Vigilante made the report around 8 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the East Hanover man said he had found a handwritten note that said six bombs had been placed throughout the shopping center. But he also claimed he had thrown out the note.

No explosives were found during a subsequent security sweep by law enforcement agencies.

It wasn’t known Tuesday if Vigilante has retained an attorney.

The mall is located just outside of New York City, and has more than 170 stores and restaurants.

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