Police say a Georgia man has been arrested after he allegedly called 911 and warned that "the DC sniper is here in your city" while cautioning authorities to "get your hospitals ready."
The call came during rush hour Tuesday evening and was traced to a cell phone near the Lincoln Tunnel, setting off a massive law enforcement response and snarling transit in the area, police said.
The signal was pinpointed to Waterfront Terrace in Weehawken, near the light rail. Authorities went there and couldn't find anything, but SWAT teams stopped an NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen train and entered with their rifles drawn, removing more than a dozen passengers.
The signal was later tracked to 47th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, where the 39-year-old suspect was arrested.
The Georgia man, described as having a lengthy criminal history, faces terroristic threat charges as well as a charge of creating false public alarm.
It was not clear why he allegedly referenced the DC sniper. For three weeks in 2002, two men went on a random shooting spree in the DC area, killing 10 people and wounding three others. One of the suspects was executed in 2009 and the other is in prison.