Quincy woman arrested for Quinnipiac University bomb threats

22-year-old Danielle Shea was arrested for making two threats against Quinnipiac University, hoping to have the school's commencement ceremonies canceled.  Credit: Hamden Police Department
22-year-old Danielle Shea was arrested for making two threats against Quinnipiac University, hoping to have the school’s commencement ceremonies canceled.
Credit: Hamden Police Department

A former Quinnipiac University who didn’t want her family to know that she wasn’t graduating was arrested for calling in two bomb threats, hoping to have the school’s commencement ceremonies cancelled.

Police in Hamden, Connecticut say 22-year-old Danielle Shea of Quincy, Mass. confessed to making the threats after police traced her cell phone number. She was located in the campus arena, wearing a cap and gown she’d purchased.

Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith told the Hartford Courant that Shea’s mother “didn’t see her name on the graduation roster and she panicked and called in a couple of bomb threats.”

Shea reportedly told detectives that she didn’t attend classes this year, despite receiving thousands of dollars from her mother which was supposed to pay for her tuition.

Shea was held on $20,000 bond, charged with threatening in the first degree and falsely reporting an incident. She was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Officers and university officials searched the campus but didn’t find explosives.

The commencement ceremonies were moved to a new location and delayed for about 90 minutes.

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