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Cops: North Babylon man threatened to shoot people at unemployment office

Suffolk County police arrested and charged a man with making a terroristic threat, a felony, Friday after they said he threatened to shoot people at an unemployment office.

Police said in a release that Jahman Nichols, 30, of North Babylon, called a state Department of Labor call center Friday morning and threatened to shoot everyone inside a local unemployment office, though a police spokesman said it was unclear if he referred to a specific location. Nichols identified himself on the call, which was taped, police said.

Officers arrested Nichols at his home at 5 p.m. following an investigation by First Squad detectives. In addition to the charge of making a terroristic threat, he was charged on a First District Court bench warrant for failure to show up for a court appearance, but the spokesman did not know the underlying charge.

At Nichols’ arraignment Saturday in Suffolk First District Court in Islip bail was set at $10,000 bond or $2,500 cash, according to online records. He was represented by the Suffolk Legal Aid Society.

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