A former Yale student from Arlington Heights faces criminal charges after he allegedly sent threatening text messages and e-mails to a former classmate and threatened to kill a professor at the Ivy League university, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday.
Peter Gayed began sending several "threatening" and "disturbing" messages after he was expelled from the Yale University School of Medicine in February 2012 because of his unsatisfactory grades, the complaint claims.
The threats began on Aug. 13, when Gayed allegedly sent two e-mails to a faculty member involved in Gayed's expulsion, the complaint claims. One message only said, "F*** YOU!" and the other said, "EAT A DICK, DUDE!"
Two days later, Gayed sent the faculty member another message saying a group called the "High Five Faggots" had gained access to his e-mail account and sent the messages without his knowledge, according to the complaint.
The faculty member told Yale police he felt "extremely threatened" and was worried about the safety of his children. Police later told Gayed they would arrest him if the faculty member received anymore threatening messages from his e-mail account.
On Aug. 17, Gayed allegedly sent multiple messages to several Yale faculty members. In one message, Gayed complained about his chat with the police, saying, "You ever had eight police officers and detectives show up to your home because you were ‘looking black' and then ask your roommate and maybe your landlord downstairs if they think you might be willing to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital?" the complaint states.
Shortly after the messages were sent, Yale Police again visited Gayed, who allegedly confessed to sending the e-mails and was charged with misdemeanor harassment. He was released on a $5,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in a New Haven, Conn. court on Dec. 4.
Sometime after he was arrested, Gayed moved back in with his parents in Arlington Heights. From there, Gayed posted "numerous negative remarks" on Facebook about people at Yale Medical School, the complaint said. A former classmate who works at the Yale-New Haven Hospital saw the posts and asked Gayed to remove them, the complaint claims, but Gayed refused and began texting the former classmate.
In one message, Gayed suggested killing a professor who had a say in his expulsion. "That shouldn't be too hard though—we'll just have to poison those meal replacement bars we gave her to help her ‘lose weight.' Ha! Ha ha!" the message allegedly said.
The former classmate and his wife later contacted Yale Police and said that Gayed once told him that he used methamphetamines, the complaint claims.
Gayed has been charged with cyberstalking and transmitting interstate threatening communications, the complaint states.