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Harvard bomb hoax: Eldo Kim emailed threats to avoid taking exam

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Harvard University freshman student Eldo Kim has been charged in this week’s Harvard bomb hoax, according to a Dec. 18 CNN report. 20-year-old Kim is allegedly responsible for bomb threats that led to delayed final exams and general hysteria.

According to the filed complaint, the Cambridge local e-mailed bomb threats with the subject line, “bombs placed around campus,” on Monday morning to several Harvard offices, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper, according to the five-page complaint. In the emails, Kim reportedly cited “shrapnel bombs” in four buildings on the University’s main Cambridge campus, adding, “2/4. guess correctly. be quick or they will go off soon.”

The Boston Herald reports that Kim was arrested on campus by federal authorities. According to federal authorities, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine under the bomb hoax statute if found guilty.

Kim told investigators that he sent the hoax emails to avoid taking his final exams, according to Yahoo News. He was arraigned today before federal Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein, and arrived to the courthouse wearing Harvard sweatpants and a gray T-shirt.

Several agencies responded to the bomb threats, including the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Secret Service; the Harvard University Police Department; the Cambridge Police Department; the Boston Police Department; and the Massachusetts State Police.

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