New England News
8:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Conn. Woman Charged with Falsely Threatening Community College

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Connecticut woman has been charged with falsely threatening to carry out a suicidal mass shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College in New Haven.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday that 19-year-old Amanda C. Bowden of East Haven was charged with one count of false information and hoaxes. She was detained.

Prosecutors say Bowden made a series of threats, initially through text messaging with a cooperating witness and subsequently through texts and verbal conversations with an undercover law enforcement agent. They say Bowden claimed to possess firearms and to have constructed at least two napalm-based bombs at her residence.

Authorities say no firearms or explosive devices or related materials were found during a search of Bowden's residence.

A telephone message was left with a federal public defender.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.