Wall Street Journal

Jan. 20, 2016 12:47 p.m. ET


Man Sought for ISIS-Related Threat Surrenders

The NYPD was looking for a Bronx man who was named in anonymous calls to Philadelphia and New York Police

By PERVAIZ SHALLWANI

A Bronx man sought by the New York Police Department for allegedly making threats to shoot officers turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon, a police official said.

Police put officers on high alert and began a blanket search for the 36-year-old man after receiving two anonymous tips that he threatened to shoot officers in Philadelphia and New York City and made a reference to ISIS.

The man, who has a criminal history that concerned police, was on parole and had an open warrant for his arrest, authorities said. His name is not being publicly released by police.

He surrendered at a Bronx parole office around 2:30 p.m. for questioning, the official said.

The search began late Tuesday night after police in New York and Philadelphia each received an anonymous phone call about a man who had threatened to shoot a police officer, authorities said.

Philadelphia first received an anonymous tip, which was traced to an address in northern Manhattan, Chief Gulati said.

A short while later, police in New York also received a tip from an anonymous caller, saying the same person threatened going to shoot a police officer. That caller also said the man made a reference to ISIS.

At that point, a decision was made to put out an alert to all officers to be on the lookout for the man and to exercise caution when approaching him, noting that he may be armed and has open warrants for his arrest, according to a poster distributed to officers.

Police took the threat “seriously,” particularly in light of a terror-related shooting in Philadelphia two weeks ago, said Thomas Galati, chief of the NYPD’s intelligence bureau.

“At this point we are only looking for him to speak with him about this threat,” he said.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association also put out a warning to its members. “The PBA is reminding all of our members to be alert at all times, back each other up and to take all necessary precautions when responding to jobs,” President Patrick Lynch said. “Be mindful that any call, regardless of how insignificant it appears to be, may be a set up.”

Write to Pervaiz Shallwani at pervaiz.shallwani@wsj.com