“The incident prompted a massive emergency response at the university on September 13th.”
This is an update to a story we covered in September. The suspect is facing federal charges.
FOX 25 News in Boston reports:
Northeastern University worker who said he was injured in “explosion” is now facing federal charges
Federal investigators on Tuesday announced an arrest in connection with a reported “explosion” on the campus of Northeastern University. The feds say the man facing charges is an NU worker who claimed he was injured in that incident. According to an FBI affidavit, the FBI believes Jason Duhaime “fabricated” the story.
Duhaime was employed as the New Technology Manager and Director of the Immersive Media Lab at Northeastern University.
The incident prompted a massive emergency response at the university on September 13th.
“Law enforcement officers from the Northeastern University Police Department and the Boston Police Department were first to arrive on scene, followed shortly thereafter by agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force,” said U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins at a Tuesday press conference. “His alleged actions diverted significant law enforcement resources away from essential public safety matters and caused fear and panic, not only on campus, but also in the homes of the families and friends and loved ones of Northeastern students, faculty and staff.”
Duhaime was arrested in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday. He’s expected to face a judge in San Antonio federal court on Tuesday afternoon.
“I have probable cause to believe that certain information provided by Duhaime to the 911 operator and to the federal agent—namely that he was injured by “sharp” objects expelled from the Subject Case and that the case contained a threatening letter—was fabricated by Duhaime,” according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Steven Kimball.
“Evidence discovered during the FBI’s ongoing investigation indicates that Duhaime himself authored the threatening letter. I believe, based on the ongoing investigation, that the Subject Case contained no “sharp” objects, that no objects were expelled from the case when Duhaime opened it, and that Duhaime sustained no injuries as a result of opening the Subject Case,” said Kimball in his affidavit.
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