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Man Arrested in Connection With UConn Bomb Threat



    Man Arrested in Connection With UConn Bomb Threat

    UConn police have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of being part of a group accused of making a bomb threat last April.

    Police have identified Matthew J. Tollis, 21, of Wethersfield, a one of the people accused of conspiring to call the Tasker administration building at 9 a.m. on April 3, say they put explosives in the building and claim they wanted to “kill people,” according to a news release from UConn.

    The building was evacuated as police investigated. UConn Police issued an alert about the bomb threat, canceled morning classes and urged people to stay away from the area. 

    No explosives were found and things returned to normal as of 12:30 p.m.

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    But the police investigation was just beginning.

    Through Internet service providers and social media accounts, police were able to identify a group of people suspected of planning and then calling in the threat, including Tollis.

    He was arrested at home on Wednesday and transported to UConn Police Headquarters in Storrs where he was processed and released on a $10,000 surety bond. 

    Tollis, who is not a student at UConn, was arrested on a warrant and charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit threatening, conspiracy to commit falsely reporting an incident in the first degree and first-degree conspiracy to commit breach of peace in the second degree.

    Tollis is scheduled to appear at Rockville Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 11.

    Police are continuing to investigate.

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