Former ECU Student Charged With Making Bomb Threat

University police say a former student who was arrested for pulling fire alarms has graduated to making a bomb threat.

Vern Hufnagle, who was a communications major at ECU, is now charged with false bomb threat, a felony.

University police say the 25-year-old is accused of sending the bomb threat via e-mail to the university's crime tip in-box on February 12th. Police say the e-mail was sent from an off-campus computer and said there was a bomb in the library.

Hufnagle was arrested April 2nd after police say he was seen setting off a fire alarm in Brewster Building. He was also charged with false alarms on March 24th and 26th.

He was released on a $10,000 secured bond.


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  • by ANONYMOUS on May 3, 2009 at 06:04 PM
    I know him, too, and I am sure that if he DID write the bomb threat, he did it as a JOKE, because that is JUST LIKE HIM TO DO. Are you sure you know him? But, sometimes jokes back-fire. If you are not using him being nice as your rational, then what IS your rational for his innocence?
  • by Joe on May 3, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    Well, Anonymous there must be some evidence that he is not so innocent if they caught him and arrested him. I hope he is innocent but we know him as well and he is not all that straight and narrow or goody goody, if he is convicted are you gonna come back and give us an apology for calling us jerks. As I read the article he was SEEN pulling the alarm. If he is innocent yes I will offer an apology. But there is something about him that makes me kinda believe he did at least pull the alarms causing stress to many people. Those who have been in fires and had to get out and lost everthing they had, the thought of that alarm going off is enough to scare the snot out of someone and cause injury to themselves and others trying to get out.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    No, Anonymous, I was not using "but he's so nice!" as my rationale for why he did or didn't pull the alarm. I just think it's ridiculous that there are people calling him a nutcase and saying he needs to be put in prison for life or something over something he has been charged with, but NOT convicted with! He hasn't even had his fair trial yet! Jeez! What happened to "innocent until proven guilty," guys? Oh wait, it's the other way around these days! And if this all comes out in the news and he's innocent, are all you jerks going to come out with an apology for judging him without knowing any of the facts? Of course not. Instead, you post your hate where he and his family can see it, without regard to how things will turn out with his trial because you've all just automatically assumed he's guilty. Everyone can say that the people who care about him are just in denial if they want to, but most of us do know that something is seriously amiss with this whole situation!!!
  • by FreeByrd Location: Jacksonville on May 2, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Wonder what could make a person do something sooo stupid. Probably did it to get out of a test or class. He does not deserve to be an ECU Pirate. I do not care if he was nice or if you know he is the nicest person you ever met. I do know one thing....He has messed up his whole life.
  • by Re: Anonymous on May 2, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    He is nice so you do not think he made a bomb threat? That is your rational for why he is innocent? Have you not heard that same "rational" in connection to suicides, and murders, and other such havoc. That does not mean the suspect is innocent. I am sure you are nice, but I bet you would do something stupid in a fit of rage too.
  • by JOE Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    He may be one of the nicest people you ever met, but consider the imposition he caused these students with the fire alarms. they had to leave class or dorms because of a stupid thing he done, whether or not you think he did the bomb threat, the police must think he did or they would not have charged him. pulling the fire alarms is enough. have you ever been in a fire? those alarms are there for a purpose
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    This guy is not nuts, and he is one of the nicest people I've ever met. He might've done the fire alarms but I doubt he made a bomb threat -- they're just trying to act like they've solved something by pinning it on someone who could've been reasonably connected!
  • by Adam on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    I could tell this guy had a bad attitude when he worked for Bank of America. If anywhere he could have worked, he would have learned here firsthand that you do not make bomb threats!!! He was probably mad because he failed some test, exam, etc so he rationalizes it in his mind "Oh its ok if I start a pandemic at the university and make bombthreats"
  • by Dave on Apr 28, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    Stories like this make me explode.
  • by Geez on Apr 28, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    This guy is nuts!
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