Campus police have identified the man arrested Tuesday night after a 'possible threat' heard over citizen-band radio led LSU police to shut down the university’s Student Union parking garage and on-campus Barnes & Noble bookstore for about 40 minutes.
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard told The Daily Reveille that LSU student Richard Aaron Bee, 21, of Mandeville was arrested and booked on terrorizing charges in relation to the campus alert, which prompted an emergency email urging students to stay away from the area. Bee was apparently taken into custody Tuesday night.
Campus police were notified of the potential threat by West Baton Rouge 911, he said. Both sites were checked and secured by LSU police Tuesday night, Ballard said, though the exact nature of the threat wasn’t immediately clear. LSU police cleared the buildings and left the area around 9 p.m.
An emergency text message and subsequent email alerts sent to students around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday told students to “stay clear of” the bookstore and parking garage.
A glitch in the university’s emergency alert system led the email to students to include a subject line referring to an armed robbery, but Ballard said Tuesday night that the incident was not a robbery.
The Reveille reported that the bookstore, which is normally open until 9 p.m. weekdays, closed early and was secured by LSU police. Police left the area at around 9 p.m.