(THUNDER BAY, ON) – After 14 threats were levied against Hammarskjold High School, police have arrested two suspects in connection with the situation. The two were arrested yesterday and have been in custody ever since.
Appearing in courtroom 104 for an attempt at bail this morning is a youth L.R. and 18-year-old Emilie Jade Pakrashi (pictured), both students of Hammarskjold High School.
Pakrashi is facing the following charges stemming from incidents on April 8,9,10 and 16:
- Mischief Endangering Life x3
- Public Mischief x3
The youth is facing charges stemming from incidents on April 11th and April 17th:
- Mischief endangering life x4
- Public Mischief x4
The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are expected. Sources indicate that Pakrashi was arrested in the parking lot of Hammarskjold High School around noon on April 17th. One vehicle was towed from the scene.
Police has identified a “device of interest”, which was a cell phone, early on in the investigation. It wasn’t until yesterday that the device could be linked to a specific person at a level where criminal charges could be laid confidently. Thunder Bay Police Service along with the Ontario Provincial Police were working together to get to this point.
The youths cell phone was allegedly connected to the Hammarskjold High School Wi-Fi when threats were made on April 11th and April 17th. The phone has been seized.
The youth has been released on the following conditions:
- Reside with parents.
- Be amendable to the rules of parents.
- No contact directly or indirectly with any staff or students of Hammarskjold High School.
- Remain in the district of Thunder Bay unless with a parent.
- No weapons.
- Reside in a firearms free residence.
- Do not possess any computer or device capable of accessing the internet.
- Present themselves to the door when requested by the police.
- Submit to a search of their person, home or motor vehicle for a police search for an internet capable device.
- Not to attend Hammarskjold High School or within 500 metres of the school unless in the company of a parent.
The youth cannot be identified due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A publication ban has also been requested and granted in the matter.
The youth is scheduled to return to court on May 2, 2019.
Pakrashi was released on a $10,000 no deposit bail and is scheduled to return to to court on May 31st. She is also not to be within 500 metres of Hammarskjold High School without being accompanied by a parent.
The two were sent to the courthouse from the police station to appear in person.
Pakrashi is scheduled to appear in court at 1:00 pm.
Below is a résumé obtained by TRCCTB which indicates that Pakrashi volunteered at Crime Stoppers.
This has not been confirmed with Crime Stoppers.
Below is a screenshot of a social media post the day a threat was levied against Hammarskjold High School. It appears someone was inquiring about the meeting scheduled later that night to address the threats.
More details from her Facebook:
With files from the Thunder Bay Police Service.
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