UPDATE: ‘Threat actor’ in custody following vow of violence at Penn State dorm

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –(WHTM) Penn State’s emergency Twitter handle alerted students that the ‘threat actor’ involved in Sunday evening’s threat against a main campus dorm was arrested.

Just after 9 p.m. Penn State announced the suspect wanted for putting part of the campus on lock down has been arrested.

“The threat actor has been located and is in custody. Resume normal activities. Waring Dining will re-open in the morning,” according to the university’s emergency Twitter handle @PSUAlertUP.

State Police have not released an identity of the suspect. Earlier authorities said the suspect was believed to be in the Harrisburg area.

Penn State’s “news” section of its website released a statement:

“Pennsylvania State Police have found and taken into custody a suspect who threatened to harm two students at Penn State, causing the lock down of a 550-student residence hall on campus.

University Police Sunday evening (Jan. 17) responded to a call from state police that a father in a dispute with his family had threatened to harm his children, who are students on the University Park campus and reside in Hamilton Hall.

Penn State police asked students in Hamilton Hall to stay in their rooms and lock their doors for approximately four hours as they monitored doors and patrolled all of West Halls. Out of an abundance of caution, Waring Dining Commons was closed at 8 p.m.

“We take the safety of our students seriously and make it a practice to act quickly on threats of this nature,” said Mike Lowery, interim director of Penn State Police and Public Safety. “This was an unfortunate situation and we appreciate the cooperation of our student body and everyone who assisted with this incident.”

Police will continue to patrol the area for the next few hours.”



Penn State University officials said a person has issued a threat against a main campus building. State Police are searching for the suspect in the Harrisburg area.

Around 6 p.m. Sunday evening Penn State University officials issued an alert:

“On Jan. 17, there was a verbal threat of violence given to two students in Hamilton Hall from a person known to be in the Harrisburg area. Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warrant for the threat actor’s arrest and Penn State Police are at Hamilton Hall and have secured the building, which is locked down. Police have requested that students lock their doors and remain in place until further notice.”

Hamilton Hall is in the West Halls complex on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Penn State officials said they would keep updating about this developing situation. Check back for updates.

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