St. Thomas student arrested in connection with 3 bomb threat cases

Updated: September 24, 2019 06:30 PM

A University of St. Thomas student has been arrested for allegedly making bomb threats at the school's St. Paul campus.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota, 20-year-old Ray Ghansham Persaud has allegedly called in multiple threats at the school.

A criminal complaint details the following:

On April 17, Persaud called university officials and said there was a bomb on campus, specifically at McNeely Hall.

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Officials evacuated and closed the entire St. Paul campus as a result of the threat.

Officials reported Persaud had made three bomb threats total that morning.

Then, on Aug. 20, Persaud again called university officials and said there was a bomb on the St. Paul campus, specifically at John Roach Center.

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Officials were able to evacuate those buildings and stated they would be closed for the majority of the day.

On Sept. 17, Persaud called school officials and stated there were bombs in the O'Shaughnessy Science Center, the John Roach Center, the Anderson Student Center, and the Facilities Design Center.

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Those buildings were evacuated.

Authorities were able to track Persaud through his use of an app that allows users to have multiple phone numbers.

Through several IP searches, searches of devices connected to the university's WiFi network, and searches of lists of students who had classes in the buildings mentioned the days the threats were made, investigators were able to identify Persaud's connection to the case.

Authorities were then able to trace the origin of Persaud's calls to his home address in Blaine.

Persaud was arrested Tuesday morning.

University President Julie Sullivan issued a statement in response to the arrest, which read, in part:

I am very relieved that a suspect has been identified and arrested and that our community is not in danger from these hoax threats. The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the St. Paul Police Department. I am grateful to those officials and to the St. Thomas employees who supported the investigation.

I am extremely saddened to report that the suspect is a third-year undergraduate student at St. Thomas. He is a commuter student who resides in Blaine, Minnesota. He has been trespassed from our St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, which means that he is prohibited by law from being on St. Thomas property. He has been suspended while we conduct our disciplinary process. If found responsible, he will face immediate expulsion from St. Thomas.

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