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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Minneapolis Man Charged With Making Threatening Communications Through University’s Incident Reporting System

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint charging JEFFREY COLIN PURDY, 28, with making threatening communications. PURDY made his initial appearance yesterday before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. PURDY was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020.

According to the allegations in the complaint, on September 15, 2017, the Mankato Department of Public Safety received a complaint from an individual stating that she had been receiving harassing emails from PURDY, a former classmate from Minnesota State University, Mankato (“Mankato State”). While attending Mankato State, the victim declined repeated romantic advances from PURDY and eventually blocked PURDY from her cellular telephone and social media accounts. From August 30, 2017, through February 21, 2020, PURDY used Mankato State’s Silent Witness Report, an anonymous incident reporting tool, to make frequent, violent threats against the victim. An IP address used to make one of the Silent Witness Reports was traced back to PURDY. On February 29, 2020, during an interview at the Mankato Department of Public Safety, PURDY admitted to sending all the Silent Witness Reports.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Mankato Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily A. Polachek is prosecuting the case.

 

Defendant Information:

JEFFREY COLIN PURDY, 28

Minneapolis, Minn.

Charges:

  • Threatening communications, 1 count

 

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The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated March 5, 2020