Police: Man was on drugs when he filed false holdup of doctor’s office

JERSEY SHORE – When a telephone line lit up at the county’s 911 center about 8 a.m. Nov. 12, the caller told a dispatcher that “a man with a long rifle was at a doctor’s office in Flemington, demanding drugs,” according to an affidavit.

The dispatcher immediately relayed the call to the 911 center in Clinton County. Numerous police officers rushed to Flemington. Schools and doctors’ offices in the area were “locked down,” the affidavit said.

However, within a matter of minutes, police dispatchers traced the call to Joshua J. Laubscher, a very confused 30-year-old man on a cellphone near Seminary Street and Tomb Avenue.

It quickly was determined that there was no gunman at any doctor’s office demanding drugs, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police.

Laubscher, of 212 N. Lincoln Ave., was under the influence of an undisclosed controlled substance at the time, police said.

“Tell them to watch the video. They will see the guy with the gun,” the disoriented man allegedly told an officer as he was being placed in the back seat of a cruiser.

Charged with false alarms and false reports to law enforcement, Laubscher has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.