UPDATE: State Charges Man With False Terrorist Threats, Disorderly Conduct
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of New Lenox, was charged Wednesday. Police say a two-month span of threatening phone calls, including some against Lincoln-Way schools, led them to Rohrbach.
The state filed 11 charges Wednesday afternoon against a New Lenox man who police say made a series of threatening phone calls, including two against the Lincoln-Way High School District.
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony.
After investigating six phone calls threatening violence, police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Two phone calls threatened violence against Lincoln-Way high schools, and the other four threatened harm to himself or his neighbors.
Rohrbach appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, and his bail was set at $75,000, with 10 percent to apply, or $7,500. He is being held in Will County Jail.
State's Attorney's Office spokesman Chuck Pelkie said the two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat stem from each incident with a threat against the school.
Pelkie said Rohrbach was charged with nine counts of disorderly conduct, one for each of the six phone calls he's accused for making. The first threat against the school brought one additional charge of disorderly conduct, and the most recent incident on Monday brought two additional disorderly conduct charges.
In total, police received six calls:
- March 6: A caller threatened to bring guns to Lincoln-Way Central High School and start shooting.
- March 23: A caller threatened to shoot up Lisson Grove, the New Lenox street in which Rohrbach lives.
- April 3: A caller threatened to shoot people in Bishops Gate, a road near Rohrbach's home.
- April 8: A caller threatened to kill himself in Lisson Grove.
- April 17: A caller threatened to "shoot his target" but didn't give a location. Police said the call might have also said "shoot up Target."
- April 30: A caller threatened "great bodily harm" to people at both Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way North high schools.
In each incident, police responded and found no real danger. Two cell phones were recovered from Rohrbach's home, but no weapons, New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said.
"There was nothing of that sort that would lead us to believe this was anything more than sport for him," Sterba said. "He enjoyed seeing the police response."
A Class 1 felony carries a sentence of four to 15 years, and a Class 4 felony carries a sentence of one to three years. Rohrbach's next court date is scheduled for May 23.