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Man's Makes 1,800 Mile Mistake



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    The e-mail threatened to blow up Torrington High School, and the journey to find the sender led police on a cross-country investigation to a man 1,800 miles away. He was in Torrington, Wyoming.

    On Monday, Aug. 9, an administrator from Torrington High School – the one in Connecticut -- received a message from Isaac Parker threatened “blowing up the school,” police said.

    So school officials did what they would do in any similar situation. They called Torrington police.

    The first indication police had that this was no clear-cut investigation was that no one knew an Isaac Parker who might have sent the threat. That was backed up through the IP address, which led police to an e-mail account holder in Torrington, Wyoming, police said.

    So, Torrington, Connecticut police called their counterparts in Torrington, Wyoming and learned that Parker was not such a mystery figure to them.

    Police there had recently arrested Parker, who was accused of sending threatening emails and making harassing phone calls.

    Parker said he did not send the particular e-mail to Torrington High School in Connecticut, but police said it looks like he mistakenly sent the message to Connecticut, thinking he was sending it to school officials in Torrington, Wyoming.

    As police in Wyoming arrested Parker on terrorist threats charges, he attacked police, so they added on assault on a police officer and resisting arrest charges, police said.

    Now, police have Parker’s computer and will conduct a computer forensic examination.

    “We thank the Torrington Police Department for their extraordinary effort and due diligence with this threat,” Supt. Christopher Leone said. “This shows that we take every threat against our schools seriously and interruptions to instruction to education will not be tolerated.”

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