5 NEWS UPDATE: SIU Bomb Hoax Suspect in Court, Explains His Story
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 19, 2013 @ 6:53PM
Created on March 19, 2013 @ 5:01PM
 
The man who apparently caused the bomb scare at Salem International University was in court Tuesday afternoon.  He told our reporter he was sorry and that it was all a misunderstanding. 
 
Suspect Joshua John Richards told 5 News it was actually a class project that went really wrong. He said the whole point of his project was to show his communications class that you never really know who is next to you. However, instead of just giving his presentation in class he ended up in court charged with a misdemeanor crime.
 
The 33-year-old SIU student is officially charged with manufacture, purchase, sale, advertising for sale, transporting or possession or use of a hoax bomb. Richards told 5 News that he was in his communications class when they were doing presentations. He said he had told a few people about it beforehand, but he never told his professor. He said he was sorry and that he hadn't expected everything to go this far.
 
Richards was released on $5,000 bond. He has asked for an attorney.
 

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