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Did San Antonio, Texas’s Jason Duhaime stage hoax explosion at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts?

Jason Duhaime, 45, of San Antonio, Texas, United States was employed as the technology manager and director of the Immersive Media Lab at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He lives with his girlfriend in Texas and did not have a residence in Massachusetts. 

Whenever Duhaime was in Massachusetts, he would sleep in his lab or office at Northeastern University. At 7:18 p.m. on September 13, 2022, he called 911 and reported that he was injured by sharp objects expelled from a plastic case he opened inside the lab.

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Duhaime told the 911 operator that earlier that evening, he and a student of the university who was working in the lab had collected several packages from a mail area and brought them into the lab. According to him, when he opened one of the cases inside the closet, his arms were injured by very sharp objects that flew out of the case, which had an anonymous violent note directed at the lab.

“Take notice!!!” the letter read at the end. “You have 2 months to take operations don or else!!!!!! WE ARE WATCHING YOU.”

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On September 14, 2022, Duhaime’s office at Northeastern University was searched and computers were seized. A word-for-word electronic copy of the letter stored in a backup folder was found in one of the computers.

The letter was created at 2:57 p.m. on September 13, 2022. It was printed at 4:02 p.m. that day.

“I did not stage this in no way shape or form,” Duhaime told The Boston Globe. “They need to catch the guy that did this. It’s a very traumatic thing that has occurred so (I’m) shaken up.”

On October 4, 2022, Duhaime was arrested in Texas. He was charged with one count of intentionally conveying false and misleading information related to an explosive device and one count of making materially false statements to a federal law enforcement agent. 

After Duhaime’s arrest, he appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Texas. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.

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