A 64-year-old Manhattan resident is behind bars after he called in nearly a dozen bomb threats to JFK Airport this month, stating that he wanted to “kill a lot of people,” including police officers, prosecutors announced Monday.
Philip Ngom, 64, of West 116th Street, was arraigned Saturday on 11 counts each of first-degree falsely reporting an incident and making a terroristic threat.
Ngom allegedly called 911 eleven times between June 9 and 24, sometimes more than once per day, and making a bomb threat, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. He reportedly threatened to plant chemical bombs and/or explosives containing nails at the south Queens airport.
On June 17, Ngom phoned 911 around 7 a.m., claiming he had three chemical bombs in his BMW and threatened to drive his car to JFK, saying that “I am going to kill a lot of people at the airport today. It’s a pleasure to kill,” the district attorney said. About an hour later, he made another call, stating, “Muslims are on their way to place a bomb at JFK today.”
During another call to 911, on June 21, he allegedly said that it was his mission to kill police officers and told the operator that “I have a naked police officer in the basement….I am going to kill a lot of officers tonight. I have three bombs I want to place at JFK Airport.”
Ngom is currently being held on $750,000 bail and faces up to seven years in prison.
“This individual’s alleged actions not only caused undue alarm and disruption to thousands of air travelers, but resulted in extensive police resources being wasted to investigate phony threats,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Belfiore. “Through the painstaking work of our PAPD detectives, we were able to track him down and will see that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”