Utica College threat suspect appears in court, judge denies request to lower bail
UTICA, N.Y. —
The suspect accused of making a terroristic threat to Utica College, prompting an hours-long lockdown of the campus on Monday, appeared in Utica City Court Wednesday.
Fahrudin Omerovic was in court for just two minutes. During the appearance a request by his attorneys to have his bail reduced was denied and a preliminary hearing for the case was scheduled for Monday.
Omerovic was visibly upset during the appearance and was crying towards the end of the proceeding. His parents, who were also in court, were also visibly upset. Omerovic's father told WKTV he was completely shocked by the accusations and said his son was a good kid and never did anything bad.
Utica Police say Omerovic phoned in threats to the college on Monday, claiming he had a gun in a specific building on the campus. As a result more than 100 police officers from multiple agencies swarmed the campus, which was placed on lockdown.
Police announced the arrest of Omerovic, who is himself a student of Utica College taking online courses, for the threat Tuesday evening.
After the arrest, other students indicated the suspect was himself part of the lockdown. One student told CNYCentral reporter Tarrah Gibbons the suspect was in the room where she was and was trying to calm down others, indicating that "things will be okay, we will get through this," the student said.
With Wednesday's request to have bail reduced, Omerovic was sent back to the Oneida County Jail on $100,000 cash, $250,000 bond.