Suspect in Virginia Wesleyan threat in custody in Maryland

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The former student who Virginia Wesleyan College officials say threatened the campus Monday is now in police custody.

Leona Baker, Director of Communications at VWC, told WAVY.com the following email update was sent to the campus community early Tuesday evening:

Dear Campus Community:

We have been notified by the Virginia Beach Police that the suspect referenced in the emergency notification first sent to the campus community yesterday, former student Aaron Robinson, has been taken into custody in Maryland.

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Please note: Had this particular incident presented an immediate, active and imminent threat to our campus community, we would have notified you through the e2Campus emergency text messaging system as well.

David E. Buckingham
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Enrollment Services
Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department told WAVY.com Robinson was charged with two felony counts of threats of bodily harm. Borman would not go into details on the threat.

Robinson is awaiting extradition.

Students at the college were put on alert Monday afternoon when they received an “Emergency Notification” email around 12:45 p.m. from Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Enrollment Services David Buckingham. He told the college’s community a direct threat had been made to the campus through social media by Aaron Robinson, a former student.

The email said the school was working with the Virginia Beach Police Department in an active search for Robinson, although it stated officials did not know if he was in the area. Buckingham asked students to be on alert, but students tell WAVY.com that was the last they heard of about the threat on Monday.

10 On Your Side talked to students who were surprised there wasn’t more done by the school.

“I was wondering why there wasn’t more done,” said Freshman Daniel Champion. “We only got the email, not everyone gets the emails. We were told we were going to get text messages if there was an issue, and we never got any text messages. So, I was a little worried. I always like to think we’re safe. To hear there was a threat against Virginia Wesleyan was a big deal to me.”

Late Monday evening, Baker told WAVY.com the email was sent as a precaution, but could not give any information about the nature of the threat. She said the threat is a police matter and there was nothing to indicate Robinson was in the area.

Baker said Robinson is not a graduate of the school, just attended there at some point.

The full text of Monday’s email alert is as follows:

From: David Buckingham
Date: February 3, 2014 at 12:43:33 PM EST
To: Students
Subject: Emergency Notification

Dear Campus Community:

This message is to notify you of a direct threat to our campus. This threat was made by a former Virginia Wesleyan College student, Aaron Robinson (pictured), via social media.

VWC Campus Security is working in cooperation with the Virginia Beach Police Department on this matter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be acutely aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to Security immediately at 757.233.8888.

Please be aware that there will be increased patrols on campus by Campus Security and the Virginia Beach Police and that the authorities are now actively searching for this individual. At this time, we have no indication that he is currently in our area.

David E. Buckingham
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Enrollment Services Virginia Wesleyan College

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