WEB UPDATE: MPD arrests student for allegedly making threats with firearm

Posted Sunday, May 8, 7:26 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, May 10, 12:55 a.m.

Metropolitan Police officers arrested a male Hall on Virginia Avenue resident Sunday afternoon after he allegedly made threats that he would use a firearm on a student.

The freshman was seen wielding a plastic BB gun in the residence hall prior to his arrest, which occurred at about 3 p.m. Some students heard him say he would make threats with a gun; shortly thereafter, MPD and University Police arrived at HOVA.

“This individual made felony-level threats against another person, and this is why MPD was contacted, and this is why he was arrested,” said Tracy Schario, the University’s director of media relations, who would not disclose the student’s name.

In an e-mail sent to The Hatchet Monday, UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said the male suspect verbally threatened a female HOVA resident and sent her a hostile e-mail. After receiving tips from students, UPD and CLLC conducted a search of the freshman’s room while he was out. The student returned while officials were still on scene and was subsequently arrested.

“The subject was taken into custody and initially questioned about the matter by UPD,” Stafford wrote. “UPD contacted MPD to transport the subject to the 2nd District and to process the paperwork for an arrest.”

Stafford added that the search yielded alcohol, a container with marijuana residue, a hot plate and other miscellanous items.

Schario said the student will likely not be able to return to HOVA.

She added, “While we cannot comment on the specifics of the investigation or status of individuals involved, in instances of felony-level threats and allegations, it is common practice to not allow the individual to return to the residence hall.”

-Gabriel Okolski contributed to this report.

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