A Johns Hopkins student has been charged with making a false bomb threat on Thursday morning prior to exams. The student utilized a mobile phone stolen from another classmate to call in the multiple bomb threats.
The call came in at shortly at 7 a.m. on Thursday morning. The anonymous male caller reported placing several bombs in hallways and lecture halls at the Homewood campus in the 3400 block of North Charles Street.
Utilizing Johns Hopkins surveillance cameras and an app installed on the stolen cell phone, police were able to identify 19-year-old Advaith Baimeedi, of the 3300 block of Saint Paul Street.
Patrol officer from the northern district arrived at the Johns Hopkins University at 7:07 a.m., followed by arson detectives and bomb squad to investigate the incident. No suspicious devices or explosives were discovered during the investigation.
Police have charged Baimeedi with making a bomb threat, threatening mass violence, phone misuse, theft under $1,000 and making a false statement about a destructive device.
According to police, the threat was made on a “dare”, which had been planned to take place on the first day of finals for undergraduates. Finals were only delayed by one hour.