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Threat called into store Monday morning, officials say

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. —A Walmart in Tewksbury has been evacuated because of a bomb threat.

Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel said the threat was called into the store Monday morning. As a precaution, the store was evacuated.

Investigators are interviewing the person who answered the call and store employees.

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Eldo Kim wanted to avoid final exams, prosecutors say

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The messages said shrapnel bombs would go off soon in two of four buildings, including one where prosecutors say Kim was supposed to take an exam at 9 a.m. Monday. The buildings, on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, just outside Boston, were shut down for hours before investigators determined there were no explosives.

Kim, who lives in Cambridge, will be released on unsecured bond of $100,000 to the custody of his sister and uncle. If he defaults, his family will be liable.  He has also been ordered to stay off Harvard property.

Investigators from several agencies searched the buildings for hours before determining there were no explosives. One of the buildings was a freshman dormitory; classes are held in the other three.

Harvard said in a statement it was “saddened” by the allegations in the federal complaint but would have no further comment on the ongoing criminal investigation.

An FBI affidavit filed Tuesday says Harvard determined Kim had accessed TOR, a free Internet product that assigns a temporary anonymous Internet protocol address, using the university’s wireless network.

The affidavit says Kim told an agent on Monday night he had acted alone and sent the messages to five or six Harvard email addresses he picked at random.

He said he sent them about half an hour before he was scheduled to take a final in Emerson Hall, one of the buildings threatened, the affidavit says. He said he was in Emerson at 9 a.m. when a fire alarm sounded and he knew his plan had worked, it says.

Kim said he sent the emails from his laptop computer using TOR and Guerrilla Mail, a free Internet application that creates temporary and anonymous email addresses, according to the affidavit.

Kim’s LinkedIn profile says he is an undergraduate scholar at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. The institute’s website says he is a research assistant who has worked for a professor analyzing partisan taunting and also writes for the Harvard International Review and dances as a member of the Harvard Breakers.

The maximum penalties for a bomb hoax are five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.


Eldo Kim, 20, accused of emailing threats

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BOSTON —A 20-year-old Harvard student has been accused of making Monday’s bomb threats at Harvard University.

Federal authorities say Eldo Kim emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper.

A criminal complaint says on Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Harvard University Police Department, two officials of Harvard University and the president of the Harvard Crimson received identical email messages bearing a subject line that read “bombs placed around campus.”

The complaint alleges that the bomb threats specified four buildings on the Harvard campus — the Science Center, Sever Hall Emerson Hall, and Thayer Hall.

The complaint quotes the email messages stating: “shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.”

Dozens of law enforcement officers were dispatched in response to the threat and each of the buildings named in the threat was immediately evacuated.

After spending several hours searching the buildings, it was determined that no explosive devices had been placed in any of the four buildings.

Kim was interviewed Wednesday night at his Harvard dorm. He told the FBI he sent the emails to “five or six Harvard University email addresses” that he picked at random from the university’s web page.

Kim told investigators he was motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held Monday morning.

He told investigators he was scheduled to take a final exam in Emerson Hall at 9 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, when he heard the fire alarm, he knew his plan had worked.

Kim will have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.