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Police charge Connecticut man in Yale shooter hoax

Police have charged Jeffrey Jones with calling in a fake gunman threat last November.
By Kate Stanton   |   April 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM   |   Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 23 (UPI) -- Police in New Haven, Conn., have charged a Westbrook man with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the 911 system and breach of peace after he allegedly called-in a fake shooting threat at Yale University last November.

Yale's campus was locked down for several hours on November 25, after police received an anonymous phone call from a man who said his roommate intended to shoot people at the university.

Police first spotted the suspect, 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones on December 6, when they took him to Yale-New Haven Hospital because he complained of a leg injury. He allegedly became "aggressive" toward hospital staff and shouted, "All those kids died in Newtown. You're not doing s*** about that."

Police eventually matched Jones' voice to the anonymous tipster, though the suspect made multiple attempts to disguise his voice.

Jones' brother told NBC Connecticut that he felt the evidence was "circumstantial."

“It was the behavior of bullies, and that’s what I found offensive,” Douglas Jones said of the police investigation. “They are only accusations and circumstantial.”

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