Woman charged with filing false bomb report

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department. Saida Chatti

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department. Saida Chatti

DEARBORN — A woman was arrested and charged with filing a false report of a reported bombing at Fordson High School.

A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. March 4 in 19th District Court before Judge Sam Salamey after it was moved from Feb. 24.

Police said Saida Chatti contacted them Nov. 19, saying an “anonymous” friend overheard a group of people at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi threatening to bomb Fordson in retaliation for the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

An investigation was initiated and “significant law enforcement resources were expended in an effort to ensure the safety of the Dearborn community,” according to a Dearborn Police Department press release.

Police determined that Chatti fabricated the report. Chatti gave conflicting statements regarding her motive for making the report, police said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the felony charge of filing a false report or threat of a bomb or harmful device. Chatti was arrested Feb. 18 and arraigned the same day in 19th District Court before judge William Hultgren. Bond was set at $2,500, 10 percent.

“The Dearborn Police Department is committed to bringing criminals to justice and ensuring that our citizens and visitors feel safe in our community,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “We will not tolerate any deliberate acts, meant to terrorize or frighten our community, and we will vigorously investigate those crimes to ensure the people responsible are brought to justice.”

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