A suspicious package has been found at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center on Feb. 17. People are warned to avoid the area. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
Cousin Vinny's pizza box prompts Ball State bomb scare
The student who caused a bomb scare at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Feb. 17 was trying an unconventional way of paying a parking ticket.
Ball State student Jackson Hiatt, 21, was arrested and preliminarily charged with intimidation on Feb. 17 after dropping a suspicious package off at Parking Services.
The package was a Cousin Vinny's pizza box wrapped in a black trash bag. Inside, there was a plastic bag containing $20.20 in nickels and dimes, according to the University Police Department case summary.
Hiatt said he had no intention to prompt a bomb scare — he just wanted to annoy parking services for issuing the fine.
He was placed in Delaware County jail and was released last night on a $2,500 bond.
The box prompted the university to evacuate the Student Center and bring UPD, a bomb squad, the Muncie Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff's K-9 unit to the scene.