Hadley man charged after allegedly making bomb threats at UMass

Abdul Ismail is not a student or employee of the university

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A 27-year-old man from Hadley was arraigned on Wednesday in Eastern Hampshire District Court after allegedly making threats on the UMass Amherst campus.

According to Mary Carey, from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Abdul F. Ismail was arrested Wednesday morning by UMass and Hadley Police at his home in Hadley. He was charged with Making a Bomb Threat and Threatening to Commit a Crime.

UMass Police were investigating the “verbal threats” Ismail allegedly made Tuesday night while he was visiting a student in Coolidge Hall, Carey said. The student spoke with police immediately after hearing the alleged threats from Ismail.

Ismail, who is not a student or an employee of UMass, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for April 18th, Carey said. He will be held at the Hampshire County House of Correction until then.

Carey said Ismail was barred from the university campus for two years by UMass Police. The case remains under investigation.