Man arrested in connection with hoax shooter calls at Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A man has been arrested in connection with hoax phone calls at Yale University that prompted a school lockdown and massive police response last November.
Jeffrey Jones, 50, of Hamden, Conn., was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace, according to the Hartford Courant.
Just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 25, a person, who police now allege was Jones, made a call from a pay phone stating that the person's roommate was headed to campus with a gun to shoot people. That call prompted a six-hour lockdown of the campus, and both Yale and New Haven police responded by also closing some streets near campus.
During the lockdown, more than one person reported seeing "someone with a long gun," though the sightings were unfounded. SWAT teams didn't find a gunman after a room-by-room search of dorm rooms on campus.
Jones was arrested in an unrelated incident in January after he allegedly tossed nails under the tires of New Haven police officers’ personal cars, and he also attempted to vandalize patrol cars and unmarked cars, the Courant reported.