Dangerousness hearing postponed for Wareham teen charged with terroristic threats

Oct 15, 2018

A dangerousness hearing for a Wareham teen charged with making several terroristic threats has been postponed until Wednesday, Oct. 17 as no attorney was present to represent him in Wareham District Court on Monday.

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, all on Cranberry Highway. Albanese allegedly threatened gun violence against all three fast food restaurants. 

The dangerousness hearing, originally scheduled for Oct. 15, will determine if Albanese is allowed to make bail. 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.

The fake threats, bomb scares and hacking incidents started 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 and planned 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.

A second threat to Wareham schools followed on Dec. 11. when state school officials received another anonymous email according to court documents. 

This time Albanese claimed to have set two explosive devices on school buses and was hiding with a third. A student evacuation followed and police searched buses for the next two hours. It was later determined that this email was also a hoax.

Albanese is also alleged to have called in a bomb threat to Bourne Middle School on Oct. 3, 2018 forcing the school into a lockdown. Later that same day, court documents claim two girls who knew Albanese told police that they had spoken with him on Sept. 30. Albanese asked the two girls to have sex and after they said “no,” he threatened to call in a fake threat to the 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.