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Ohio University police catch suspect who threatened to “kill a cop”

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Written by Kate Ansel

Ohio University police were alerted to a “terroristic threat” Friday made by an Ohio University student living in Boyd Hall.

Nickolaus D. Russell, 19, made a threat against the Ohio University Police Department through an unnamed social media outlet Friday morning. According to a press release made by OUPD, officers were alerted about the threat around 10:30 a.m. and had Russell in custody by 12 p.m.

Russell allegedly posted a comment that stated that he intended to “kill a cop,” although neither a Twitter account nor a Facebook page could be found for Russell.

The tip that was originally given to OUPD stated that “an anonymous male” had made a threat against OUPD, and in coordination with several different agencies, OUPD was able to determine that Russell was the “anonymous male” that the tip described.

“Information and analysis sharing was accomplished through Ohio Homeland Security’s Strategic Analysis and Information Center (SAIC) in coordination with Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Intelligence Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC) in Philadelphia, PA,” OUPD’s press release said.

Russell was charged at the time of his arrest in connection with one count of making a terroristic threat, which is a third degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. Russell was taken to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail on Friday and was being held on $10,000 bond, according to the press release.

On Saturday, an update from WOUB News said Russell’s bond was set at $15,000 in Athens County Municipal Court. It also stated that Judge William Grim, who set the bond, told Russell that he was not allowed on OU property without an OUPD escort.

OUPD did not respond to any requests for additional comments on Russell’s case.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original article had the update from WOUB News being on Tuesday. It was actually on Saturday.

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