A man who allegedly told a 911 operator he had a bomb strapped to him and was going to blow up police precincts in Nassau and New York City pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Mineola, authorities said.
A grand jury recently indicted Richard Bolton, 30, of Queens Village on a felony charge of making a terroristic threat and a misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment after police said he made the claims in a June call to a Nassau 911 operator.
Bolton allegedly told the operator he was walking toward a Queens precinct he was going to blow up before coming to Nassau to do the same, court records show. They show that after police arrested Bolton, he allegedly told a detective he said things he shouldn't have when calling 911 after drinking in Long Beach.
"I told the lady on the phone that the cops keep messing with me and if they keep harassing me I was going to blow up the precinct, but I did not mean what I said," police said Bolton told them. Bolton's lawyer, Brian Epstein of Selden, said his client -- who is free on $5,000 bail -- isn't a terrorist, has cooperated with police, and has "certain medical issues that he's addressing."
Prosecutors said Bolton faces up to 7 years in prison on the top count.