A man accused of making several threatening calls about Loyola University — claiming that he was on the Rogers Park campus and had an Uzi and four sticks of dynamite — was ordered held Saturday in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Henry J. Tapia, 43, of the 1300 block of West Columbia Avenue, was charged with making a bomb threat and transmitting a threat to a school. Prosecutors did not detail a possible motive.
Assistant Public Defender Anthony Williams told the court Saturday that Tapia was taking medication for psychosis.
Prosecutors said Tapia, who is unemployed, called 311 at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and told an operator that he planned “to come after the Loyola University campus and warned them to be careful.”
Tapia said he was “going to come after them” at 11:30 a.m., said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos, adding that law enforcement assumed he meant the following day.
On Friday, prosecutors said Tapia again called 311 and said that he was calling from the Loyola University campus and that they should be ready. He then called back 20 minutes later and said he had an Uzi and four sticks of dynamite, Kwilos said.
Chicago police were able to locate Tapia by tracking his cell phone activity, Kwilos said.
The calls were made near the university’s Rogers Park campus, according to the police report, which mentioned that Tapia had a history of making false reports. Police found two cell phones in Tapia’s possession that matched the phone numbers used to make the calls about Loyola, the report stated.
Tapia was arrested Friday morning about noon, in the 1300 block of West Pratt Boulevard.
Tapia, who was born in Ecuador, wore a white T-shirt and jeans on Saturday. He kept his hands clasped behind his back during the brief hearing.
Under the conditions of his bond, Tapia would have to post $30,000 to be released from jail. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. also ordered Tapia to have no contact with Loyola.
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