September 27, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
An ongoing investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives, with the assistance of Corvallis Police Department and FBI, led investigators Friday to take into custody a juvenile male in connection to a threat directed at the Oregon State University campus on an Internet blog site.
On September 27, 2013, detectives took the 16-year old male into custody for Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree after follow up investigation identified him as a person of interest. The juvenile suspect’s name and residence, and the content of the threat, are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. He is an Oregon resident who does not live in the Corvallis area.
Prior to 12 noon, September 26, Oregon State Police (OSP) University Area Command at Oregon State University became aware of the threat directed at the campus on an Internet blog site. As a precautionary measure, a timely warning message and an emergency alert was provided to the OSU community and students. As a precautionary measure, law enforcement presence was increased.
The initial investigation indicated the online threat originated outside of the northwest, but investigative leads brought the focus back into Oregon. There is no known further potential threat.
OSP and OSU thank students, staff and campus visitors for their concern and commitment to campus safety.
Non-investigation questions related to Oregon State University should be directed to Steve Clark, University Relations and Marketing, at (541) 737-3808.
No other information is being released at this time. Additional charges may be pending as a result of the ongoing investigation.