Man charged in Yale gunman hoax

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Wednesday

The Yale gunman hoax that paralyzed the New Haven campus seems to have been born out of a “grudge against police,” Chief Dean Esserman said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“It seems we are in good company with his angers and concerns,” Esserman said.

The Westbrook man was ordered held on $250,000 bond and is due back in court May 7.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Westbrook man is facing multiple charges in connection with a telephoned threat against Yale University that turned out to be a hoax.

Arrested is Jeffrey Jones, age 50.

The call came on Nov. 25th, when someone said a person was coming to campus to shoot someone. Part of the campus was cordoned off and police conducted an extensive search looking for the supposed gunman.

Heavily armed police walk down Elm Street next to the Old Campus at Yale, Nov. 25, 2013.
Heavily armed police walk down Elm Street next to the Old Campus at Yale, Nov. 25, 2013.

“The hoax call prompted one of the largest Police responses in recent memory in New Haven as well as an hours long lock-down and search of the University,” New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a news release.

Jeffrey Jones was arrested in connection with a threat/hoax made against Yale University, April 23, 2014.
Jeffrey Jones was arrested in connection with a threat/hoax made against Yale University, April 23, 2014.

In the call, which was made from New Haven, a man said his roommate was armed and coming to the campus to shoot people. Most students were away on a break, but there were still some people on campus. The campus was on lockdown for about six hours while buildings were searched and given the all clear.

Jones has been charged with threatening, reckless endangerment, and misuse of the 911 emergency system. He was expected to be arraigned today.

New Haven police have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference to talk about the arrest.

More to come…

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