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Cheektowaga man charged with making a terroristic threat

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 15:14:04-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Cheektowaga man is under arrest, accused of hacking emergency communication channels and threatening to open fire inside a retail business.

Jonathan Roberts, 33, is facing a felony charge of making a terroristic threat and unauthorized radio transmissions, a misdemeanor.

According to police, Roberts hacked into the Cheektowaga Police Department's emergency communication frequency and threatened to shoot an unnamed store in May.

Investigators say an alert patrolman heard a transmission and noticed Robert's vehicle nearby. Inside, police say they found a radio capable of transmitting on the CPD's frequency. Roberts' voice matched the voice on the recorded threat.

Roberts is due to appear in Erie County Court on July 24.