Supt: Threat letter appears to be from same author

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A little more than two weeks after a threat was made against elementary school children in Johnston, Cranston and Warwick, Eyewitness News has confirmed another threatening letter has been sent to police in those communities.

According to a statement from Johnston Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini, the letter – which was received Wednesday – threatened physical violence on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Tamburini said after meeting the the police chiefs in both Warwick and Cranston, all three communities will once again have increased police presence, both marked and unmarked, throughout the next two days.

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“Any type of threat that we get, especially when it involves our schools, we’re going to make sure we have proper security in place and we’re going to do that this week,” said Cranston police chief, Col. Michael Winquist.

The letter, which was sent through the mail, is similar to the one sent to Johnston police in the beginning of the month which threatened elementary school children and mentioned beheadings.

Cranston School Superintendent Judith Lundsten told Eyewitness News police told her the letter appears to be from the same author as the first. However, she said further analysis was needed.

Tamburini said the investigation into who sent both letters is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Johnston Police Department, which is the lead agency in the investigation.

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