FBI Director Christopher Wray stated Tuesday that the company has zeroed in on one suspect following a string of bomb threats at traditionally Black schools and universities (HBCUs) made earlier this 12 months.
The surge in bomb threats began Jan. 5, when Howard College and 7 different traditionally Black establishments had been focused.
By February, 17 totally different HBCUs had acquired threats.
Wray stated the FBI now has a suspect in one of many string of calls, although it’s nonetheless investigating different threatening calls made to HBCUs.
“We’ve lately — with respect to the primary huge tranche of the threats — the investigation has recognized an underage, a juvenile topic. And due to the federal limitations on charging juveniles with federal crimes, now we have labored with state prosecutors to make sure that that particular person is charged beneath varied different state offenses, which is able to guarantee some degree of restrictions and monitoring and disruption of his felony habits,” Wray informed lawmakers on the Home Homeland Safety Committee.
“Since that huge tranche that we consider that particular person was chargeable for, there have been two different tranches. And we’re very actively investigating these, however there’s not a lot I can say on these ongoing lively investigations, these different investigations, right now.”
The FBI investigation entails a minimum of 31 area places of work, and in February the bureau had recognized six “tech savvy” juveniles who used complicated strategies to attempt to conceal the origin of the threats as individuals of curiosity within the case.
“The bomb threats have been made in telephone calls, electronic mail, immediate messages, and nameless on-line posts. FBI brokers from a number of area places of work are conducting a whole bunch of interviews and gathering quite a lot of digital proof for evaluation,” the FBI stated in February.