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Arrest made in bomb threat at McAllister-Whiteside Residence Hall

Assistant Chief Dee McClendon of Jackson State University’s Department of Public Safety discusses the arrest. The 20-year-old suspect in the bomb threat is being held in the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. He is not a JSU student. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU)

Assistant Chief Dee McClendon of Jackson State University’s Department of Public Safety discusses the arrest. The 20-year-old suspect in the bomb threat is being held in the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. He is not a JSU student. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU)

Jackson State University’s Department of Public Safety announced today the arrest of a suspect in the bomb threat at McAllister-Whiteside Residence Hall on Friday, Sept. 22.

Christian Ashleigh Jones, 20, of Memphis, is charged with false reporting of an explosive device. He is being held in the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond after turning himself in at noon Wednesday, Sept. 27. Jones is not a JSU student, and no motive was provided for the incident, which led to an evacuation.

JSU’s Assistant Chief Dee McClendon, said, “The arrest sends a strong message that this will not be tolerated by anyone who wants to make a false threat. This is not a joke. We are very passionate about the safety of our students, faculty and staff at Jackson State University.”

Leading to the arrest, JSU authorities worked with various departments and agencies, including the FBI, Mississippi Homeland Security, Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, Mississippi Fusion Center and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The investigation is ongoing