Harvard bomb hoaxer arrested, charged

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Cambridge, MA, United States (4E) – Police have arrested and charged a Harvard University student who e-mailed a bomb threat to the school on Monday to avoid taking the final exam.

Eldo Kim, 20, was released Wednesday on a $100,000 bond, a day after he was arrested for the hoax that prompted the evacuation of four buildings and suspension of final exams.

Kim admitted to FBI investigators he sent the anonymous e-mail that warned of “shrapnel bombs” in Emerson, Sever, and Thayer halls as well as the Science Center 30 minutes before the start of his exam at Emerson Hall at 9 a.m., according to a police affidavit on the case. He is now facing federal bomb hoax charges which carry a punishment of up to five years imprisonment and $250,000 fine.

Investigators and university officials traced Kim by determining users of a temporary e-mail address and a secretive IP on the Harvard wireless network, where the e-mail was sent.

An FBI agent and a campus police officer interviewed Kim in his dorm Monday night and he admitted to causing the hoax.

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