Sep 16, 2020
NYPD, FBI investigates Queens home with suspected ‘bomb making’ materials inside
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Authorities said they were tipped off to the potential explosives after the home across from Astoria Park on 19th Street erupted in flames about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The landlord of the house, who lives on the block, stumbled upon the suspicious packages while surveying the fire damage, sources said.He called the FDNY, who passed along the intel to police, sources said.
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Investigators later recovered what was described by police sources as three bags of “bomb making” material, possibly ammonium nitrate. Wick cords, used for fuses, and bomb making books were also found, sources said.
The discovery created a hectic scene with a large police presence and expansive street closures.
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“Due to a police emergency please avoid Astoria Park and the surrounding streets,” NYPD’s 114th Precinct tweeted Tuesday night.
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One person inside the home was injured during the fire, which started on the first-floor and was extinguished within 30 minutes, the FDNY said.
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Fmr. St. Thomas Student Pleads Guilty To Fake Bomb Threat Against University, Admits He Failed To Complete Homework
On Tuesday, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the guilty plea of 21-year-old Ray Ghansham Persaud for calling in a bomb threat to the university on Sept. 17, 2019.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and court documents, Persaud called the university’s main switchboard and falsely stated there was a bomb at the St. Paul campus on three separate occasions – April 17, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17 in 2019.
The bomb threats caused significant disruption to the university, including the evacuation of campus buildings and a child care center, re-routing of traffic on nearby streets, and a full response by the University’s Public Safety personnel.
Persaud, who at the time was an undergraduate student at St. Thomas, admitted that on the dates he called in the bomb threats he had “failed to complete his homework and was unprepared for class.”
Persaud pleaded guilty to count three of the indictment, charging him with the Sept. 17 bomb threat.
At the time of sentencing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will ask the court to dismiss the other two bomb threat charges.