Rhode Island Man Arrested for Allegedly Calling in Bomb Threat to Yale New Haven Hospital

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Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that ALEXANDER BRADLEY, 42, most recently residing in Cranston, Rhode Island, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with threatening to bomb the Yale New Haven Hospital.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, on May 9, 2021, Bradley called the Yale University Health Clinic, spoke to a nurse and asked if had reached the Yale New Haven Hospital.  When informed that he had not, Bradley, who refused to give his name, complained that he had been denied care at the Yale New Haven Hospital and stated that he was going to bomb the hospital.  Approximately 30 minutes later, Bradley anonymously called the Yale New Haven Hospital and stated that he had placed a pressure cooker containing a bomb outside of the building.

It is further alleged that the bomb threat disrupted hospital operations and required a significant response from the New Haven Police Department, Yale Police Department and Yale New Haven Protective Service.  Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force subsequently determined that the phone number used to make the threats was linked to Bradley.  The investigation revealed that, less than three weeks after he made the bomb threat to Yale New Haven Hospital, he contacted a CVS pharmacy in Cranston, Rhode Island, and said that he was going to “shoot up” and “blow up” a hospital.

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Bradley appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford and was released on an $25,000 bond into the custody of a third-party custodian.  As conditions of his release, Bradley is subject to location monitoring and must attend drug and mental health treatment.

The complaint charges Bradley with conveying false information about explosives, and false information and hoaxes.  If convicted of the offenses, Bradley faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.

U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force – WMD and Bomb Squad.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Reed Durham.