Jul 22, 2014 1:50 PM by Brian Richard

NEW INFORMATION: UL Bomb threat suspect in jail in St. Martin Parish

Police in Lafayette say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16th bomb threat that closed UL.

At a news conference Tuesday, Lafayette police and FBI agents identified the suspect as 30-year-old Devin Haywood of Lafayette. Police say he was arrested at a Lafayette parish home last night; he is originally from New Orleans.
Investigators say Haywood called KATC early Tuesday morning, saying a bomb was in a trash can at a park next to the university. The package found in the trashcan turned out to be a fake bomb.   The call was made to KATC at 5:30 a.m.

Lafayette Police say Haywood also was booked with trying to rob the MidSouth Bank on Moss Street in Lafayette before it opened the same day as the bomb threat. Police say the morning of the bomb threat, around 7:30 a.m., employees who were in a vehicle on bank property noticed someone hiding near the building. They drove off, and in the video, you see a suspect running after them pointing a gun.  (See the video here)

The university canceled classes for about 5,500 students while more than 200 law enforcement officers and investigators from several agencies searched the park and campus. UL officials say Haywood is not a past or current student at UL and has no connection with the university.

According the FBI, Haywood was been charged with one count of placement of a hoax device and one count of attempted robbery.

Haywood is currently being held at the St. Martin Parish jail since he is a federal inmate.


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