Student Arrested for Sending Threatening Communications to Loyola University
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 15, 2011|
NEW ORLEANS, LA—EVELYN A. HUBBARD, age 21, a resident of Algiers, Louisiana, was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, December 9, 2011, on a criminal complaint, for sending threatening communications through interstate commerce.
According to documents filed in federal court, HUBBARD sent two separate e-mails to the Loyola University Police Department on November 17, 2011. The first e-mail, received at 9:00 a.m., threatened five unnamed professors in Monroe Hall and called for an immediate evacuation of the building by 9:33 a.m. The second e-mail was sent at 9:27 and communicated a threat to blow up Monroe Hall.
The Loyola University Police Department contacted the FBI. The e-mails were traced by the FBI and it was determined that the first e-mail was sent from a Loyola University computer and the second from a cell phone. The FBI determined that HUBBARD had access to the computer that morning and that the second e-mail was sent from a cell phone linked to HUBBARD.
HUBBARD was interviewed by the FBI and admitted to sending both e-mails. She stated that she was a student at Loyola University and had a test in Monroe Hall the morning the e-mails were sent. She further added that she sent the e-mails as “a joke.”
On Friday, December 9, 2011, HUBBARD was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan. HUBBARD was released on a $10,000 personal surety bond signed for by her mother. Judge Sally Shushan scheduled a preliminary hearing on December 29, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.
If convicted, HUBBARD faces a maximum term of five years’ imprisonment, and a $250,000.00 fine.
This case is being investigated by Special Agent Kevin Miller of the FBI’s local Joint Terrorism Task Force. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Kennedy.