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UMass Boston arrests bomb threat suspect

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - UMass Boston police have arrested a suspect they believe is connected with two bomb threats called into the university in the past week.

Dean Beckford, 29, is a senior from Somerville. He's been charged with two counts of threat concerning the location of dangerous items.

The bomb threats were called in last Thursday and on Tuesday, both at around 12:45 p.m. at a dean's office in Wheatley Hall, claiming an imminent danger of an explosion. In both cases, the building was evacuated and no device was found.

Investigators were able to track the calls from pay phones outside the Davis Square and Park Street T stations and then used surveillance video to identify the suspect. Beckford was arrested as he arrived on campus.

“Although we apologize for the inconvenience that these incidents caused for students, faculty, and staff, campus safety is always our highest priority,” said UMass Boston Police Chief Donald Baynard in a statement. "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.” 

Judge imposed $20,000 cash bail and ordered that Beckford wear a GPS device.
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