EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY---Ebensburg Borough Police and Cambria County 911 released the audio recordings of the threat Stephen Jablonski made about a bomb at the courthouse.
“9-1-1 what is the address of your emergency? ‘Cambria County Courthouse we have placed an explosive device in your courthouse to be triggered at a time of our choosing, you have an unknown period of time to take steps to eliminate casualties, Ahmad Jihad.”
That was the message Jablonski left.
Police said Jablonski made the threat Tuesday morning to get his girlfriend out of her court hearing.
“We did not know what we were dealing with when the call first came through if it was a terrorist or not,” said Terry Wyland, Ebensburg Borough Police Chief. “Because of the Arabic.”
It wasn’t long before police traced the call, obtained photos of the suspect and put information out on Facebook.
“We traced the call and were able to pin point the suspect on a phone,” said Wyland.
Police agencies from both Cambria and Blair Counties assisted in the case. Jablonski was quickly arrested at his Russell Avenue apartment where he admitted to making the call.
“They were doing drugs and he didn’t want his girlfriend to not pass her drug test, so he did this so she wouldn’t have to go to court,” said Wyland.
“A bomb threat is never a good situation, but the county and different agencies were prepared because of all of our planning,” said Ron Springer, Executive Director, Cambria County Emergency Services.
Jablonski was charged with a number of offenses including drug charges by the Cambria County Drug Task Force. Heroin and crack cocaine were seized from inside of his apartment.
Ebensburg Borough Police said the investigation is on going charges are pending against Jablonski’s girlfriend.