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New Details Emerge In Putnam Terrorist Threat

Francis Zebzda of Garrison is being held at the Orange County Jail after making terrorist threats in the Village of Kiryas Joel.
Francis Zebzda of Garrison is being held at the Orange County Jail after making terrorist threats in the Village of Kiryas Joel. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Garrison man arrested on Friday for making terrorist threats in the Village of Kiryas Joel became belligerent and refused to identify himself while being questioned, according to New York State Police.

Francis Zebzda, 30, was charged with making a terrorist threat, unlawful wearing of a body vest, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and possession of marijuana, after troopers received a call from the village reporting a man in area wearing a black tactical vest who was taking photos of schools, the Public Safety building and the shopping mall, said state police.

Troopers located and arrested Zebzda who was wearing a black tactical vest containing body armor. Zebzda was also in possession of a folding pocket knife and a small of amount of marijuana, state police said.

While being interviewed by troopers, Zenzda became belligerent and agitated and refused to identify himself.

"When troopers were placing him under arrest Zebzda began to scream racial and ethnic obscenities in front of small Jewish children," said Trooper Steven Nevel.

He is being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $150,000cash/$350,000 bond.

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