2004-07-09 / Front Page

Twins Threaten To Blow Up Train

By Brian Magoolaghan

Twins Threaten To Blow Up Train

By Brian Magoolaghan

A pair of troubled twins spent the July Fourth weekend behind bars after they allegedly boarded a Rockaway-bound A Train with devices that looked like bombs and threatened to kill everyone aboard.

Peter and Paul Barrero, 40, of 175-10 88 Avenue, Queens, were arrested at the Broad Channel Station last Friday morning and remain in jail on reckless endangerment and false bomb-related charges.

An eyewitness told police that she was terrified when Paul started pacing and shouting for the train to move at one of the stops, according to court records.

"What the hell are we waiting for? Up and move this train!" Paul shouted as he waved a black object designed to look like a bomb. Then he made reference to blowing up everyone on the train.

Peter, who was holding a bag containing a second device, allegedly chimed in with support and told his brother to "go ahead and blow it up. I’m ready."

The witness said passengers fled from the subway car in fear for their lives.

"Yeah, you better get off the train. I don’t want you to die. I’m gonna blow us all up," Paul screamed at the fearful subway riders.

Local Transit Police Officers responded to the Broad Channel stop and placed the twins, who at first resisted, under arrest. The Bomb Squad recovered two innocuous devices – cell phones bound to portable radios with black electrical tape and connected by wires. The FBI responded due to the nature of the incident.

Police transported the twins to the 100 Precinct stationhouse for questioning, but Peter was removed to Peninsula Hospital Center after he began to exhibit symptoms of emotional distress. His attorney later ordered a psychological exam, according to Nicole Navas, spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The twins were arraigned on July 3 and were charged with first degree reckless endangerment, several counts of false bomb charges, falsely reporting an incident and resisting arrest. Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline A. Mullings ordered Peter held without bail and set bail for Paul at $25,000 cash/$25,000 bond. Both men were still incarcerated when The Wave went to press.

The twins face up to seven years in prison if convicted, Navas said. They are due back in court separately later this month.

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