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UMass Boston cops arrest student for alleged bomb threats

A UMass Boston student was arrested by university police for allegedly making two bomb threats within a week.

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A University of Massachusetts Boston student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making multiple bomb threats that prompted the evacuation at some of the campus buildings.

Dean Beckford, a 29-year-old senior from Somerville, was arrested by UMass Boston police, the university said in a statement on Wednesday. The threats occurred within days after the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. They were called in on April 17 and April 22.

The university said that in both incidents a call was received at the dean's office at about 12:45 p.m. and targeted Wheatley Hall. The calls claimed an imminent danger of an explosion in the building.


In both cases, no explosive devices were found.

"Although we apologize for the inconvenience that these incidents caused for students, faculty, and staff, campus safety is always our highest priority," UMass Boston Police Chief Donald Baynard said in a statement. "I commend my staff for their timely and thorough investigation that led to this arrest. I hope this will be a clear and resounding message that we take these types of actions very seriously, and will aggressively investigate and pursue criminal charges when unfounded threats are made to the safety of the campus."

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