Chicago Man Charged with Posting Online Threat of Gun Violence at University of Chicago
CHICAGO—A Chicago man was arrested today for allegedly threatening to murder students and staff at the University of Chicago.
JABARI R. DEAN, 21, of Chicago, is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance today at 3:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox.
Dean was arrested without incident this morning. In a Thanksgiving weekend posting on a social media website, Dean stated that he would execute approximately sixteen students or staff members on the campus quad of the University of Chicago on Nov. 30, 2015, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Dean also stated in the posting that he would die “killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process,” according to the complaint.
Federal authorities identified Dean and confronted him prior to the 10:00 a.m. deadline referenced in the threat.
The arrest and charge were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy; and the University of Chicago Police Department.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tobara S. Richardson and Bethany Biesenthal.