Medical student arrested in Glendale over alleged threats to classmates
PHOENIX — A 29-year-old medical student at Midwestern University in Glendale was arrested after she was accused of making multiple threats to classmates, authorities said Friday.
Mona Asadi was arrested Wednesday after email addresses, social media accounts and electronic devices involved in the messages were linked to her, Glendale police spokeswoman Tiffany Ngalula said.
A dean at the school contacted authorities on April 21 to report that Asadi had threatened by text message to bomb the campus, according to court documents.
Less than two months later on June 9, a mass email was sent out to hundreds of students with specific names the author wanted to kill, according to Ngalula.
More emails with death threats to students and their families were sent in group messages, according to Ngalula.
Asadi’s poor performance in school was given as a possible motive, Ngalula said.
Asadi had failed the medical board test twice and was one failed test away from being removed from the school, according to court documents.
Asadi was charged with four felony offenses of computer tampering by using a computer in a course of conduct that threatened, terrorized, and/or tormented specific individuals.
“The fact that we were able to develop probable cause and make the arrest quickly, that is the best protection we can give them,” Ngalula said.
Four victims were identified during the investigation.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Tasler contributed to this report.