Barriss indicted on charges of hoax bomb threats to FCC and FBI Headquarters


Tyler Barriss, the suspect in the fatal swatting case that led to the death of a Wichita man has been indicted on charges stemming from hoax bomb threats to the Federal Communications Commission and FBI Headquarters. 

The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, comes one day after a federal indictment was unsealed in Wichita regarding further charges in the fatal swatting case from December that led to Andrew Finch’s death. 

Barriss, 25, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on two counts of making hoax bomb threats. One of those threats caused an evacuation of a high-profile Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing. Eight days after that threat, another threat was made targeting FBI Headquarters. 

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Nancy McNamara,
Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Kris Cline, Principal
Deputy Director of the Federal Protective Service. 

The threats took place in December of 2017. Barriss is charged with two counts of threatening and conveying false information concerning use of an explosive. 

On December 14, 2017, the FCC was holding a hearing when Barriss made threats by phone that there were explosives in the building that were set to detonate. The meeting was halted and the building was evacuated because of the threats. Upon further investigation, no explosives were found in the building. 

On December 22, 2017, after work hours, Barriss made similar threats by phone saying explosives were placed inside and outside the J. Edgar Hoover Building. Law enforcement determined that threat to also be a hoax. 

Each of the federal charges carry statutory maximums of 10 years in prison and potential fines. 

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