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Man accused of disrupting USF campus in bomb hoax hit with new charges

TAMPA — Three days after reports of a bomb and a gunman at the University of South Florida brought campus activity to a screeching halt, the man police say is responsible faces two new charges.

Markenson Innocent, 26, was charged with making a false report of a bomb when he was arrested Wednesday by USF police.

Officers on Thursday added charges of felony unlawful use of a two-way communication device and misdemeanor disruption of an education institution as he sat in the Hillsborough County Jail with bail set at $7,500.

Police said Innocent called 911 at 1:36 p.m. Monday and gave a fake name of "Isaiah Daniels." He then told dispatchers that a man named Markenson Innocent was at the USF library with a bomb and a gun, police said.

He admitted making the call, which was placed from a pay phone at University Mall, according to USF police.

He also foreshadowed and narrated the day's events on his Facebook page.

Before the call was made he wrote: "Man I hope they don't pull one of those Black man with Gun or suicide bomber threats again."

Then after he walked out of the USF Library, he wrote: "This is getting a little (too) easy. I at least thought that they were going to pat me down, but they couldn't even look me in the eye. U waiting for me to lose it? I guess I'm just here for your amusement. Back home now after an adventurous day."

Lt. Meg Ross said the second set of charges should raise Innocent's bail.

"The defendant indicated that he was familiar with the disruption of previous calls at USF concerning armed subjects on campus and was cognizant of the results of such a call," police said in a statement Thursday.

Man accused of disrupting USF campus in bomb hoax hit with new charges 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 9:53pm]
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