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WSU Resident Advisor arrested for bomb threats

PULLMAN, Wash. - A Resident Advisor at Stimson Hall was arrested for making bomb threats at Washington State University.

The WSU Police Department arrested 18-year-old Jose Andres Tecuatl, a sophomore at WSU and a Resident Advisor at Stimson Hall, at 10 p.m. Monday.

Tecuatl was booked into the Whitman County Jail on three counts of Threatening to Bomb and three counts of Felony Harassment.

According to Whitman County Superior Court documents, Tecuatl allegedly called in the bomb threat on August 3 against campus.

Tecuatl, who is originally from Tustin, California, also reportedly scratched swastikas and a bomb threat on some Stimson Hall walls during the evening of August 21 and the early morning of August 22. Those threats were reported to the police by Tecuatl, as well.

Investigators developed probable cause to search Tecuatl's room, and seized a computer during their initial search.

An additional search warrant was granted, which allowed the forensic examination of the computer. Evidence was found on the computer that connected Tecuatl to the bomb threats.

Judge Gary Libey banned Tecuatl from going within one thousand feet of any WSU campus during his first court appearance Tuesday. Judge Libey told Tecuatl the restraining order was in response to the seriousness of the allegations, and for his own safety given the racist message associated with some of his alleged threats.

There is no evidence to suggest that Tecuatl was actually able to carry out his threats.