East Haven Woman Arrested for Alleged School 'Mass Shooting' Threat

The 19-year-old woman allegedly threatened to commit a Newtown-style mass shooting at Gateway Community College in New Haven, according to various media reports.

Update at 5:05 p.m.

In a just issued release, federal authorities outline in detail their allegations against Bowden, including that the 19-year-old stated she had guns and napalm-based bombs at her East Haven home.

You can read that report in full here.

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An East Haven woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly made online threats to carry out a mass shooting at Gateway Community College, according to an NBC Connecticut report.

In her threat, Amanda Bowden, 19, reportedly referred to the Newtown school shooting.

Bowden — who apparently does not attend the downtown New Haven college — claimed she had weapons at her home and also posted a picture of herself holding a gun on her private Facebook page, the New Haven Independent reports. (A screen grab of that photo from Bowden's Facebook page is attached to this post.)

The investigation was led by the FBI, with the support of the East Haven Police and New Haven Police departments.

The New Haven Register is reporting that East Haven Police officers were in attendance for support during Bowden's arrest.

Late Tuesday, East Haven Patch had received reports of the federal and local police activity along Ozone Road earlier that day, but was unable to confirm the actual nature of that activity until Wednesday afternoon.

Bowden had outstanding warrants for her arrest in East Haven, where she was wanted for risk of injury; as well as West Haven, where she was wanted for harrassment and endangerment, according to the Register's Jennifer Swift.

She was arraigned in state Superior Court in Milford earlier today. And she then expected to be arraigned in federal court in Bridgeport later today.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as more information about this case becomes available.

Sally Hopkins February 20, 2013 at 08:58 PM
She had to know this would not go unnoticed??? She must have wanted to be arrested because who in their right mind would make such a threat so publically and not expect severe immediate consequences?
Bob Fawkes February 20, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Looks like a late model S&W revolver, maybe .32 Long Colt. Maybe Pops or gramps worked for the EHPD at one time?
Lou February 20, 2013 at 09:03 PM
This woman should be locked up and they should throw away the key! These idiots in Hartford are trying to craft new laws to keep our kids safe in school while they don't enforce the current ones. Make an example of this idiot before she goes on a shooting spree! She is obviously mentally insane! I am also willing to bet she gets state aid and that gun she is holding was not purchased legally! LOCK HER UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!
Emily V February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I hate to say it but this is what happens when the news glorifies mass shootings.. She needs serious jail time and heavy medication and to be taught a serious lesson that that's not a joke. She probably wanted to get arrested or just wanted the attention as most mass shooters do..
Emily V February 20, 2013 at 09:30 PM
And she has 2 kids. Some mother.
Tribune February 20, 2013 at 09:33 PM
This individual is nothing but an attention seeking moron who should be given some very serious mental therapy
Julie Clement February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM
About two months ago I had to call the police on this same woman because she tried to force her way into my home and was looking to fight my daughter. The police officer woyldnt arrest her, and when I asked why he wouldn't he replied that she didn't do anything! My response was two fold, "home invasion?" & "she would have but my dog came running to the door and scared her enough to back up"
Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM
You are correct. But not knowing all the details, from what you commented, the charge of Breach of Peace 2nd degree would have covered the incident. Even a lower charge of Creating a Public Disturbance should had been filed. But, like I said, only going by what you said happened. Many factors not mentioned. But just remember those charges. Look up CGS 53a-181 or 53a-181a, it will show you the requirements for such an arrest to be warranted.
Frank Esposito February 21, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Julie, this is typical of the police, and military, in that wo=MEN are NOT held as accountable as MEN are! There is a fe=MALE bank robber of the leets island rd stop and shop, and she was never exposed, like the male suspect was! There was a wo=MAN, WHO CALLED IN A FAKE BOMB THREAT to an airplane a few months ago, and she still is allowed to be annyonomus! The feminists, tell the police and military how to think at this point in our society, and it's my bet, this broad will hardly even be exposed in the news, and she'll walk! Hope I'm wrong!
Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Frank, I was only able to find one such case, in which a female phoned in a bomb threat to an airline and an arrest was made by the FBI. Dated 5/19/2012. Womens name was Miki Victoria Sudo, age 25, from Las Vagas. Was in the press.
Giovanni February 21, 2013 at 09:11 PM
This girls mentally challanged come on people there is no way this is a real gun. If you lived in town and are between ages of 16-24 you know who this girl is...she's the girl that meets anyone anywhere and will lay down anywhere ...Swim personally watched her just bend over a eh beach picnic table for his friend and her of many other situations...swims friend also hung out with her once at the beach, he dropped a ciggerette in the sand and she picked it up and ate it ..ill never for get this girl has issues..then on the car ride to drop her off she topped off the kid in the back seat..she's mentally challanged and morally incorrect she's the girl you just know isn't right people feel bad for her bc she's so gross
Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 09:28 PM
So, with all her "issues" you feel she should be left alone and is not a threat. Not a real threat anyway, right! Do you by any chance remember a 20 year old with the last name of Lanza, who was mentally challanged as well? Gee, what did he go an do?


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