Suspect arrested in social media threat – Updates

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Suspect arrested in social media threat – Updates

UPDATES

November 3 — 3:30 p.m.

Fresno State held a follow-up press conference at 2:30 p.m. today. Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta said no weapon was found in the apartment of suspect Christian Pryor, who was arrested yesterday. Bail was posted this morning and the suspect is now with his family in Los Angeles.

Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said the student has been placed on interim suspension and is not allowed on campus. He is off the football team.

See full video of the press conference: bit.ly/FS-SMthreatPresser110315

November 3 — 3 p.m.

Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter statement in conjunction with Monday’s social media threat on the Fresno State campus:

“Chris Pryor was a walk-on freshman football player for us. Up until this incident we had no negative dealings with him on or off the field. When we were alerted of this yesterday we took the threat seriously. We worked with the Fresno State Police Department to contact Chris. As a result of Chris’ actions, he has immediately been dismissed from our football program.”

See:   bit.ly/FSN-FootballStatementPryor

November 3 — 11:30 a.m.

STATEMENT: Fresno State is taking the social media threat received yesterday very seriously. We have taken the most stringent action we can in this situation, which includes keeping the individual suspected of posting the threat off of campus, pursuing disciplinary action and removing him from the football team. Criminal action is pending against this individual.

November 3 — 9:30 a.m.

President Castro issues message on campus safety to university community:  bit.ly/FSN-CampusSafetyPres

November 2 –6:46 p.m.

Fresno State Police arrested Christian Pryor, 18, today on a charge of terrorist threat, in conjunction with a social media posting. Chief David Huerta said University police arrested Pryor in the Athletic Department offices on campus. He was booked at Fresno County Jail. Pryor is a freshman from Los Angeles.

November 2 — 2:25 p.m.

Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta said today that University police arrested a suspect who allegedly made a threat on social media.

Huerta said the suspect was arrested within two hours after police learned of a Yik Yak posting threatening use of a weapon. The suspect, a male Fresno State student, was arrested on campus and is being interviewed. No other details about the suspect have been released.

Fresno State administrators followed the situation closely with the Fresno State Police Department with a top priority to make sure that the campus community was safe.

Regular updates were sent via social media, through Bulldog Alert, the campus emergency text system, and through campus email to faculty, staff and students. As soon as the suspect was in custody and police were certain he acted alone, the campus was notified that classes would continue.

We are grateful to everyone who provided information which enabled the campus and Fresno State law enforcement to act quickly.

We want to remind faculty, staff and students to update their contact information and cell phone numbers to receive emergency text messages. To update information, students, faculty and staff should go to the MyFresnoState portal and choose “self service” and follow prompts to update information.