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Needham man arrested on charges of referencing Va. Tech slayings in threat

Posted by Martin Finucane April 19, 2007 02:53 PM

NEEDHAM

A judge ordered a 20-year-old Needham man to stay away from Boston University where he attends classes and wear a GPS locating device 24 hours a day after he was arraigned today on charges that he sent a threatening instant message that invoked the Virginia Tech massacre.

Andrew Rosenblum allegedly sent the IM late Monday night in which he vowed to bring a gun to Wheelock College and kill a female student and others, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office

"It's going to be VT all over again," Rosenblum allegedly wrote in one IM, said Conley spokesman Jake Wark. The woman saved and printed out the IMs and contacted Boston police. Rosenblum was then tracked down at his Needham home.

Today in Roxbury Municipal Court, Rosenblum faced three counts of threatening to commit a crime. He pleaded not guilty and Judge Edward Redd set bail at $50,000 cash and imposed a stringent list of pretrial conditions, including house arrest except to visit his attorney or a doctor.

-- John R. Ellement

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