False bomb threat leads to police arresting UK student
A woman accused of falsely reporting threats against the University of Kentucky is now facing federal charges, according to court records.
Haily L. Duvall, 19, faces charges of threatening interstate communications, false statements and false information and hoaxes, according to federal court documents. Duvall is a sophomore at UK and worked part-time at UK HealthCare, according to the university.
The charges stem from multiple reports that were made to police earlier this month of threats that were being made on Snapchat against UK’s White Hall Classroom Building.
Duvall is accused of sending images of the supposed Snapchat threats to police and other students, causing concern among students and increased security presence on campus, according to court documents. During the investigation of the threats, the University of Kentucky Police Department was able to obtain information from Snapchat, Inc., through an emergency disclosure request.
The information from Snapchat helped police connect some of the messages to an IP address associated with an account registered to Duvall, according to court records. When interviewed by investigators, Duvall admitted to creating the threatening messages that she’d reported to police, according to court documents.
Before her arrest, Duvall spoke with multiple news outlets about the threats. At the time, Duvall told WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, that it would be difficult for investigators to find the person making the threats.
“All we know is it’s ‘Max R.’ There’s no location,” she told the news station before her arrest. “There’s no last name. There’s no identifying features so I think it’s really hard to narrow suspects down with a campus full of 30,000 undergrad students.”
Duvall is also facing state charges of second-degree terroristic threatening and falsely reporting an accident. Before being arrested on the more recent federal charges, Duvall had been released on bond on the condition that she would stay off UK’s campus, according to court records.
Duvall is being held in the Woodford County jail. She is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday.