UT police arrest man for making terrorist threats
A man is in jail after making a series of terroristic threats to the University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) arrested Sean Evan Haddon, 23, for calling in those threats threats.
On April 7, Haddon allegedly called the UTPD 9-1-1 Communications Center stating he had placed a pipe bomb in the lobby of the police department. The caller demanded a payment in bitcoin and asked the dispatcher to participate in sexual acts. The caller said he would blow the building up if his demands were not met.
UTPD searched the building for a bomb and reviewed security camera footage. They determined that no bomb had been placed in the building.
On April 12, the UTPD call center again received a call, this time the person threatened to shoot the dispatcher and once again requested they perform sexual acts.
On April 13, call center received a call from The University of Texas at Austin Human Resource Service Center. A supervisor said a male had contacted them saying he wanted to shoot "at least 200 people." An officer listened to both calls and is confident the caller was the same person.
UTPD contacted the phone and internet service providers and concluded the calls had been placed by Sean Evan Haddon of Crosby, TX.
Police say they held off on notifying students because none of Haddon’s threats were credible.
“Had the situation been different where we felt like the suspect was here in the city of Austin or in the area where he could affect the university it could have been a different story,” said UT Police Chief David Carter.
UT Freshman Isabelle Jakobi says, even though the threats were deemed not credible, the situation is still a wake up call for her.
“It's sad that I have to think about where I should go hide if something like that happens but it's daily reality with the world that we live in,” Jakobi said.
Sunday morning, UTPD arrested Haddon with assistance from the Harris County Sheriff's Office and Harris County Constable Precinct 3. He was booked into the Harris County Jail on the 3rd degree felony offense of Terroristic Threat.