Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Justin Hopp, age 30 of Milaca, was charged* late Tuesday with one count of Threats of Violence (Threatens Explosive Device – a felony) in connection with a call made claiming a bomb was on the grounds of Rosemount Middle School on November 10, 2015.
The allegations contained in the complaint reflect that on November 10, 2015, around 7:00 a.m., Rosemount police officers were dispatched to Rosemount Middle School on a report of a threatening phone message that had been left on the schools attendance line. Officers spoke with school administrators, who indicated that the school had received a threatening message at approximately 4:30 a.m. The message was a male voice and stated "Today's the day. You’re all dead, boom, boom, today, today dead, done, boom". Multiple officers arrived to the scene and checked the interior and exterior of the building to look for threats. Explosives K-9’s from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport were dispatched to check the bags and sweep the rest of the building and grounds. The K-9’s did not locate any explosives and officers were able to determine there was no active threat.
Officers were able to trace the phone number that the threatening call was made from; a cell phone at an address in St. Cloud. Officers contacted the cell phone company and were advised that the subscriber information for the phone was a Justin Hopp at an address in St. Cloud. Officers later spoke to Hopp, who admitted to making a phone call with the cell phone approximately 30 seconds prior to the threatening phone call, but initially, denied having made the threatening call. Hopp admitted he was working construction on an apartment building near the school in Rosemount at the time of this incident. Officers later spoke with Hopp and he admitted to calling in the threat because he did not want to go into work that morning as he had been out late drinking the night before. Hopp indicated he didn’t think it would turn into such a big deal.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “Threats such as this are not harmless pranks – they are serious crimes and they will be treated as such.”
Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department for their quick and thorough investigation into this case. Backstrom also thanked the K-9’s from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, St. Cloud Police Department, and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Electronic Crimes Unit for their assistance in this investigation.
Hopp was charged by summons and his first court appearance has not yet been set. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.