Man accused of threatening to blow up female family member at GCMS

Man accused of threatening to blow up female family member at GCMS

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man was arrested shortly after midnight Monday after he allegedly told a female family member he would "blow [her] up" at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

According to an arrest report from police Sgt. Kaleb Kraft, Adit P. Bhiday, 43, of the 800 block of North Bell Street allegedly told the girl "I will blow you up at your school."

The arrest report, released to the Ford County Record Monday night by Ford County State's Attorney Andrew Killian, said the alleged threat was reported to police around 10:25 p.m. Sunday by three girls who were accompanied by their mother.

One of the girls was the victim — identified in documents as "Jane Doe" — and told police she was visiting a family member, Rebecca Zook, at the home Zook shares with Bhiday when he apparently became upset with her because she stands up for Zook.

The girl said when she arrived at the home around 10 p.m. with her two sisters and another friend, Bhiday said he was going to bed early and then went into his bedroom. He later re-entered the living room and became upset, saying the girl was being disrespectful and then allegedly making the bomb threat.

Three days earlier, the girl said, Bhiday told her she was on his "hit list."

Her two sisters told police they heard him tell her "I will blow you up at your school," and police confirmed that their friend who was present also mentioned the bomb threat to her father after arriving home.

When police arrived at his home, Bhiday said he did not remember threatening anyone and said, "They are just kids."

Zook told police she heard the argument taking place while she was having a conversation with another person, but she could not hear specifically what was said. Kraft said Zook told a Ford County sheriff's deputy that she heard someone ask Bhiday to clarify "if he was going to blow her up at the school."

Bhiday was arrested at his home at 12:59 a.m. Monday on a preliminary Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct/making a threat against a person and a school.

Killian said he expects to make a decision on what, if any, charges to file later this week after receiving a police report.

"At this time, no formal charges have been filed, and all individuals are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law," he said in an emailed statement.

Bhiday remained at the Ford County Jail in Paxton on Monday with bond set at $6,000. Conditions of his bond include staying at least 300 feet away from GCMS school buildings and the female family member's house; having no contact with the girl; and undergoing mental-health evaluations.

A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 1 in Judge Matt Fitton's courtroom.

Gibson City police Chief Adam Rosendahl said after the threat was reported, police contacted GCMS Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, who joined Gibson City officers and Ford County sheriff's deputies in conducting a precautionary "security check" of all three schools.

"It was a threat to a student who is one of our students, and because it was to one of our students, we wanted to be overly cautious and make sure there was not anything dangerous to the kids," Darnell said.

After nothing suspicious was found, Darnell made the decision for school to go on as scheduled Monday.

Darnell said he put out an "all-call" to GCMS parents at 7 a.m. as a "proactive" measure to make sure they were aware of what had happened.

Will Brumleve is editor of the Ford County Record, a News-Gazette Media community newspaper. For more, visit fordcountyrecord.com.

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