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Washburn Tech Threat a Hoax; Suspect Arrested

05/21/18 05:05 pm CDT

        Topeka, Kan. – At 8:20 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 21, 2018, the Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) received a phone call from an unknown individual stating that an explosive device was on the campus (5724 SW Huntoon). The Washburn Tech administration immediately followed university safety protocol.

            The Washburn University police department assisted with the evacuation of students and staff, as well as requested support from the Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office. Working together, the three agencies thoroughly searched each building at Washburn Tech to ensure the entire campus was safe. Finding nothing of concern, the Washburn University police department determined there was no explosive device.

             Officers from the Topeka Police Department gathered information and worked with the Washburn Police Department to identify the suspect who made the bomb threat. After an interview, the suspect was arrested on a charge of aggravated criminal threat.

             Washburn Tech is now conducting classes per their normal schedule.





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