LSU police make arrest in bomb threat
by Sheila V. Kumar, Associated Press
September 19, 2012 01:15 PM | 868 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this handout photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, William Bouvay is seen in this booking photo in Baton Rouge, La. Bouvay is charged with making a bomb threat to LSU, causing a campus wide evacuation this week. (AP Photo/East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
In this handout photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, William Bouvay is seen in this booking photo in Baton Rouge, La. Bouvay is charged with making a bomb threat to LSU, causing a campus wide evacuation this week. (AP Photo/East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
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LSU President William Jenkins, flanked by Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson and LSU Police Department spokesman Corey Lalonde, speaks at a news conference about a bomb threat made to the school, causing a campus-wide evacuation, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. LSU said late Monday it has reopened its Baton Rouge campus and classes will resume Tuesday, a day after a bomb threat sparked a campus-wide evacuation. (AP Photo/The Daily Reveille, Catherine Threlkeld)
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the LSU campus earlier this week but don’t believe he is connected to threats made against three other universities recently.

LSU Police Capt. Corey Lalonde said officers arrested William Bouvay Jr., 42, of Baton Rouge late Tuesday night after an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

Lalonde said Bouvay was not an LSU student and appeared to have no connection to the campus. He did not know what the suspect’s motive might have been.

Investigators don’t think Bouvay is connected to threats made last week at college campuses in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio.

"We don’t believe at this point that there is any connection to the bomb threats at other universities," Lalonde said.

Lalonde said police tracked Bouvay down after determining the 911 call received Monday at 10:32 a.m. CDT came from a deactivated cellphone that could only make emergency calls.

Lalonde said investigators were able to pinpoint the location of the cell phone on Tuesday and searched homes in the Baton Rouge neighborhood before identifying Bouvay as a suspect.

"Upon questioning, he admitted to making the phone call," Lalonde said, adding that Bouvay has been cooperative.

Authorities said he will be charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing.

The threat set into motion a massive evacuation of the sprawling campus that sparked traffic jams as thousands left.

The caller didn’t specify where on campus bombs might be planted, so bomb-squad officers with explosives-sniffing dogs were called in to search all buildings.

As with the threats made last week at the University of Texas, North Dakota State University and Hiram College, the search failed to turn up explosives.

Lalonde said authorities believe Bouvay is the person who called the East Baton Rouge Parish 911 Center, claiming multiple bombs would detonate on campus within two hours.

The university was upbeat before Monday’s threat after LSU rose to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll with a win over Idaho on Saturday.

Officials believe a majority of the university’s 30,000 students, professors and employees were on campus when the threat was made.

Students were allowed to return to dormitories late Monday night and classes resumed on Tuesday. An estimated 6,000 students live on campus.

Interim LSU President William Jenkins said he’s pleased at how swiftly a suspect was identified and apprehended, but doesn’t know why Bouvay targeted LSU.

"I’m very proud of our resilience, as disruptive and as harmful as this episode was. We’re back at work and once again we’re a productive, thriving university," he said.

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