UPDATE: Former Assumption College Student Charged With Bomb Threat
Friday, October 17, 2014
Mohammed Braimah, a 21-year-old currently living in Hyde Park, was formerly a student at Assumption College. He was expelled from Assumption in May for "several incidents" at the school, according to court records.
"I am very pleased to inform you that an arrest was made last night in connection with the threat received by the College Tuesday evening," Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo said in a statement. "The Cyber Crime Unit of the Worcester Police Detective Bureau and our own College Public Safety Division are to be commended on their thorough joint investigation. Thanks to the information discovered through their swift investigation, a suspect is now in custody. The suspect, a former student of the College, was expelled in the spring for disciplinary reasons during his freshman year."
Braimah also had two pending cases last spring at the Worcester District Court, which included two counts of assault and battery as well as receiving stolen property. Accordin to court records, the assault and battery case stemmed from accusations from two female students at Assumption College who claimed that Braimah assaulted them on several occasions. In the stolen property case, Braimah was accused of being in possession of a computer stolen from another student at Assumption College. Court records show that Braimah was expelled after the incident.
Bramiah was arrested by Worcester Police on Friday, October 17th around 12:54 AM on warrants for the following offenses: intimidation of a witness, bomb threat, bomb threat causing evacuation, and disruption.
The investigation revealed that the email originated from an IP address that services a building in Boston. The email was sent from a fraudulent email account that was set up with personal identifying information that seemed to implicate a student that was currently attending Assumption College.
During the investigation, Worcester Police partnered with Massachusetts State Police and Assumption College Police.
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