Police Identify Person of Interest in Yale Threat

Caller told police someone was headed to Yale campus to "shoot people."

By Bob Connors
|  Monday, Dec 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:04 PM EDT
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Police Identify Person of Interest in Yale Threat

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New Haven police say they have a person of interest in custody in connection with the phoned-in threat that forced a lockdown at Yale University last month.

Police identified the person of interest on Friday, according to authorities. The individual is in custody on two outstanding warrants unrelated to the Yale investigation, police said. Authorities did not release the identity of the person of interest.

On November 25, an anonymous caller reported his roommate was headed to the Yale campus to shoot people. Police tracked the call to a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue.

The call triggered a lockdown of the Yale campus and law enforcement from several agencies swarmed the area, performing a room-by-room search of the campus.

"The ramifications of this phoned in threat were significant to both the Yale and New Haven communities," New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said in a release on Monday.

After several hours, the lockdown was lifted and police said it appeared the call was a hoax.

According to police, investigators followed hundreds of leads and eventually zeroed in on one person of interest.

Investigators released surveillance pictures of a witness they believe may be able to provide them with valuable information in the case. The woman in the photos is not a suspect, but was in the area of 300 Columbus Avenue. They want the woman to contact New Haven detectives at 203-946-6304.

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