Contact Us
Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack
Return to your home site

Menu

Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Nearby Towns

DV Pilot police & fire

Authorities: Jersey Shore Teen Theatened To Shoot Up Graduation, Sought Gun

Matthew Vanderbeek
Matthew Vanderbeek Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

Authorities in Ocean County arrested a 19-year-old high school student who they said attempted to buy a gun after threatening to shoot up a graduation ceremony.

A warranted search and intensive investigation “verified the threats” by Matthew Vanderbeek of Cream Ridge and determined “that he was attempting to obtain a firearm,” law enforcement and school authorities said in a joint statement early Thursday afternoon.

The alleged online threat “to shoot students and staff at the [New Egypt High School] graduation ceremony” was deemed credible, Ocean Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Plumsted Township Police Chief Earl Meroney and Plumsted Township Schools Supt. Gerald North said.

“A search warrant was approved and authorized to search Vanderbeek’s residence to check for weapons, additional evidence of the crime and to attempt to seize any communications made via phone or computer,” the statement said.

Vanderbeek, a student at the high school, was, in turn, arrested and charged with making terroristic threats to kill and attempting to possess and firearm for an unlawful purpose, they said.

He remained held in the Ocean County Jail pending a hearing.

Coronato, the prosecutor, said he wanted to “make it clear that there is no present threat to the Plumsted Township School system or the graduation ceremony.”

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.