Police Arrested A University Of Utah Student For Alleged Threats Of Terrorism If Utes Lost To San Diego State
College Football Insider Brett McMurphy reports that police have arrested a 21-year-old student from the University of Utah for allegedly threatening to detonate a nuclear reactor that’s located on campus if Utah loses to San Diego State.
The student’s threat was allegedly posted on a social media app called “Yik Yak” moments before the game between Utah and SDSU began. Police say they found posts on the app containing “threats of violence.” The female student allegedly said that “if the football team did not win the game, (she) was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah, causing a mass destruction.” Police reports say that the student not only possesses knowledge of how the nuclear reactor operates, but also attends a class in the building where the reactor is reportedly kept.
The woman was later booked at the Salt Lake County Jail and charged with making threats of terrorism. Utah, which is ranked #13, did go on to defeat SDSU after hosting the team on Saturday. The 35-7 blowout victory included Utes quarterback Cam Rising throwing for four touchdown passes on the day.
This is not the only instance where a student from the University of Utah was arrested for making threats on the Yik Yak social media app. Back in August, a 19-year-old male student was arrested for allegedly making bomb threats against the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, which is located on campus grounds. According to the police booking affidavit, “the threat was seen by other students and reported to the University Police Department. Officers locked down the Eccles business building and evacuated employees.”
Detectives ultimately found the student after they traced the name and number from the Yik Yak account’s registration records. After police arrested him, the student claimed that the bomb threat was only a joke and said he never harbored any intentions to go through with it. He also claimed that he had no knowledge of how to make a bomb. The student was arrested for not only making threats of terrorism, but also possessing a fake ID.
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