John Hudson, 55, of Flanders, is accused of making a terrorist threat against a Hampton Bays bank branch. Photo: Southampton Town Police

A Flanders man is facing a charge of making a terrorist threat against a Hampton Bays bank branch.

Southampton Town Police said John Hudson, 55, of Priscilla Avenue, called the TD Bank central call center yesterday morning and threatened to set fire to the TD bank located on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

When the bank branch was notified of the threat, employees there began locking down the branch but discovered Hudson was already inside. They called police who responded and arrested Hudson.

Hudson had two legally possessed rifles and ammunition in his vehicle, police said. The guns and ammunition were secured at police headquarters. Hudson was scheduled to be arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court this morning on one count of for Making a Terroristic Threat, a class “D” felony, police said.

Police said this is an ongoing investigation and asked anyone with information to contact the Southampton Town Police detective division at 631-702-2230.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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