Less than nine hours after the events today at the University of Georgia began, the investigation into a threat posted on social media that forced an evacuation of the Miller Learning Center has concluded in an arrest.
In a report released by the University of Georgia Police Department, 19-year-old Ariel Omar Arias, a student at UGA from Liburn, Ga., was identified as responsible for disseminating the threat through social media. The police department has yet to confirm the exact wording of the threat or its source, though many student believe that it originated on the anonymous posting app Yik Yak.
Campus police were able to identify the culprit “through the investigation of a number of leads and with the cooperation and assistance of personnel associated with the social media outlet involved and cellular service providers.”
Arias admitted that he posted the threat in an interview, insisting that it was “the result of an immature prank and that he had no motive to follow through with any acts of violence.” Several reports issued to the police department regarding the threat mentioned the threat of fire arms.
Arias has been arrested on warrants charging him with two felony counts of terroristic threats and has been transported to the Clarke County Jail. Arias has also received an interim suspension from the University of Georgia.
(cover photo courtesy John Roark via The Red and Black)