Dangerousness hearing delayed once more for Wareham teen charged with terroristic threats

Oct 17, 2018

A dangerousness hearing for a Wareham teen charged with making several terroristic threats has been postponed for a second time until Friday, Oct. 19 as his attorney was unable to attend the rescheduled court date on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Domenic Albanese, 18, of 39 Onset Ave. was arrested by Wareham Police on Oct. 10 and charged with making terroristic threats in connection to calls made on July 29 to Burger King and Oct. 5 to Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Albanese allegedly threatened gun violence against all three fast food restaurants located on Cranberry Highway.

The dangerousness hearing, originally scheduled for Oct. 15, was first pushed to Oct. 17 when no lawyer was present to represent Albanese. The hearing will ultimately determine if Albanese is allowed to make bail or if he must remain in custody.

Albanese pleaded “not guilty” to the charges in Wareham District Court on the day of his arrest.

According to court documents, Albanese has a history of making threats using his technical know-how to mask the origin of calls and emails.

Incidents involving fake threats, bomb scares and hacking started back in 2017, less than a year after Albanese’s own home was raided by a S.W.A.T. During the incident, police confiscated loaded weapons and arrested his mother, Lori, 57, also of 39 Onset Ave.

The most high profile case Albanese is allegedly connected to happened on July 10, 2017. On that day, Albanese sent an anonymous email to school officials in Wareham claiming that he was hiding in a storage room with a firearm, planning to “shoot and kill on sight.”

In response, all Wareham schools were put on lock down. Hundreds of police officers from multiple law enforcement agencies surrounded the Wareham Middle and High School while students were evacuated to the Gleason Family YMCA to be reunited with their families. The threat was deemed a hoax later that day.

In the months that followed, court documents allege Albanese made additional bomb threats to Wareham Schools and Bourne Middle School. 

Documents also allege Albanese has been involved with several “swatting” incidents. Swatting refers to false reports of violent crimes in progress, prompting a major show of force from police on innocent, unsuspecting people. Some cases of swatting have been fatal.

Albanese was previously indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on a charge of rape of a child, use of force in December of 2017.