Evanston woman charged with felony for deathly substance threat

Stavros Agorakis, A&E Editor

A 28-year-old Evanston woman was charged with a felony after she allegedly mailed an envelope to the Illinois State Tollway Authority containing a granular substance.

Authorities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were dispatched after employees at the Tollway Offices received a letter addressed to “Illinois Tollway bitches” on Sept. 15 containing a granular substance within the envelope. According to the news release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the Downers Grove Fire Department and the Naperville Fire Department Specialized Hazmat Unit determined the substance did not pose an immediate threat nor was it hazardous.

The 28-year-old woman was taken into custody early Thursday without incident, and she was charged with one count of disorderly conduct – false bomb or deathly substance threat, a Class 3 felony.

“Regardless of what was in the envelope or what (her) intentions were when she allegedly mailed it, government employees have the right to feel safe at work and any threats to that safety will be taken very seriously,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin in the news release.

The Evanston woman is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.

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