The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.
The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.

A Brick man is accused of being behind a bomb scare Thursday at a nonprofit employment center in Lakewood.

Police have charged Ryan Turek, 35, with third degree creating a false public alarm at The Arc Ocean County Employment Center on Oberlin Avenue.

According to Lakewood police, an employee arrived at work Thursday morning and discovered a message that was left on the company voicemail indicating that there was a bomb in the building.

Lakewood Police, Fire and EMS responded and evacuated the area, including about 200 students at an all-girls school located just several yards away. An investigation by police resulted in the arrest of Turek, a participant of the program, for leaving the message.

Although the threat was believed to be a hoax, the New Jersey State Police Bomb K-9 unit responded and cleared all of the affected buildings, police said.

Turek was not listed as an inmate in the Ocean County Jail; police did not release information on his bail.