Police: Bomb threat at Johns Hopkins called in using stolen phone, 'on a dare'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Police say Thursday’s bomb threat at Johns Hopkins University was called in by a 19-year-old man, using a stolen student cell phone, on a “dare.”
On Friday police identified the suspect as Advaith Baimeedi. He was arrested and charged with making a bomb threat, theft, false statement, threat of mass violence, arson and phone misuse.
According to police, the threat was called in around 7 a.m. by someone who claimed he had placed several bombs in the lecture halls and hallways of the university. Baltimore City arson detectives and Bomb Squad detectives responded and searched the campus buildings; nothing suspicious was found.
An investigation continued and detectives learned that the cell phone used for the threat had already been reported stolen by a student, who said it went missing after she briefly left it on a library desk.
Detectives reviewed footage from CCTV cameras on campus and spotted the suspect take the cell phone off the desk and leave.
It was later recovered from the bushes outside of Baltimore Museum of Art and the suspect was found and transported to Central Booking.
“Through investigation, it was learned that the suspect committed this act on a ‘dare’,” police wrote in a release on Friday. “There were never any bombs, bomb making devices, or anything related to an actual physical threat beyond the threat phoned in by the suspect.”
Thursday's threat delayed exams on the Homewood Campus by one hour.