HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An 18-year-old University of Hartford student was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up campus dorms.
Hartford police received a complaint from the university’s department of public safety at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday about threatening posts on the social media app, YikYak. Police said the posts referred to an anonymous student shooting up a dorm and included references to other firearms. The posts also included racial slurs.
Investigators immediately looked into the threats and attempted to identify the anonymous poster, according to authorities.
Hartford police said they reached out to YikYak, who responded to the police’s request within an hour, providing information to help identify the person behind the posts.
Police identified the poster as Tenuun Enkhbat from Virginia. He is a current student at the University of Hartford who was living on campus. School officials have since banned him from campus pending an investigation. Police said that he has no family in the area and just turned 18.
Police said Enkhbat was apprehended, arrested, and charged with first-degree threatening. He has no criminal history and no access to firearms, according to police.
Police also said that Enkhbat was cooperative and told officers the posts were made in a joking manner. While police stated there was a joking nature involved, the University of Hartford and Hartford police have a zero-tolerance policy regarding online threats.
“Although we were able to vet it and get a good idea for what these threats were, we still took it very seriously,” Hartford Police Sgt. Chris Mastroianni said. “We did an emergency disclosure request to the company and got the subscriber info and made an arrest, so the message is, this is not going to be tolerated. We’re going to treat these all the same, whether you think you’re joking around or not.”
Enkhbat is being held on a $150,000 bond. If released, he must wear a GPS monitor.