Hadley man arrested for UMass bomb threat

  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) campus Courtesy photo

For The Recorder
Thursday, April 13, 2017

BELCHERTOWN — A Hadley man is being held without bail after allegedly making bomb threats against the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Abdul F. Ismail, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of making a bomb threat and threatening to commit a crime in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday.

Ismail was arrested early Wednesday morning by UMass and Hadley police officers at his home in Hadley, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Ismail, who is not enrolled at the university or an employee there, allegedly made verbal threats the night before. He was visiting a UMass student in Coolidge Hall, a campus dormitory, officials said.

The district attorney’s office said there was no indication that anyone in or near the building was in danger of being harmed.

No further information is available as the court file has been impounded. The case remains under investigation.

Ismail is scheduled to appear in court April 18 for a dangerousness hearing.