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Man Who Called in Bomb Threat to Yale New Haven Hospital Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Robert Fuller, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that ALEXANDER BRADLEY, 44, formerly of Cranston, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sarala V. Nagala in Hartford to an offense related to his threatening to bomb the Yale New Haven Hospital.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 9, 2021, Bradley called the Yale University Health Clinic, spoke to a nurse and asked if he had reached the Yale New Haven Hospital.  When informed that he had not, Bradley, who refused to give his name, complained that he had been denied care at the Yale New Haven Hospital and stated that he was going to bomb the hospital.  Approximately 30 minutes later, Bradley anonymously called the Yale New Haven Hospital and stated that he had placed a pressure cooker containing a bomb outside of the building.  The call was a hoax, and Bradley had placed no such bomb outside the hospital.

The bomb threat disrupted hospital operations and required a significant response from the New Haven Police Department, Yale Police Department and Yale New Haven Protective Service.  Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force subsequently determined that the phone number used to make the threats was linked to Bradley.  The investigation revealed that, less than three weeks after he made the bomb threat to Yale New Haven Hospital, he contacted a CVS pharmacy in Cranston, Rhode Island, and said that he was going to “shoot up” and “blow up” a hospital.

Bradley was arrested on April 28, 2022.  On May 27, 2022, while released on bond and living in a residential treatment facility, Bradley removed his location monitoring bracelet and absconded.  He has been detained since his rearrest on July 14, 2023.

Bradley pleaded guilty to conveying false information about explosives, and false information and hoaxes, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.  Judge Nagala scheduled sentencing for March 7, 2024.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force – WMD and Bomb Squad.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Jessica Casey.

Updated December 11, 2023

Domestic Terrorism