The man who posted the threat against SUNY Canton’s campus via the anonymous social media site, Yik Yak, has been apprehended.
The suspect, Alexis Vazquez, 20, of Brooklyn, was arraigned in Plattsburgh before U.S. Magistrate Gary L. Favro on federal charges.
Vazquez is a SUNY Canton sophomore majoring in Mechanical Technology.
He is in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service pending a bond hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. Vazquez was charged under a law that prohibits the transmission of any communication containing a threat to injure any person.
He could face up to five years in federal prison.
Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations in Massena are heading up the investigation in cooperation with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with SUNY Canton University Police.
Personnel at Yik Yak were fully cooperative and provided crucial information that led to Vazquez’s arrest.
“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the investigators from Homeland Security and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.
“Along with our exceptional University Police officers, all law enforcement agencies involved acted with professionalism and utmost cooperation.”
Szafran also commended the SUNY Canton Community for their patience and resiliency during and after the campus lockdown on Thursday.
“The skills, talents and determination of the investigators from Homeland Security and the New York State Police are unparalleled,” said Chief of University Police John Kaplan. “All law enforcement agencies involved came together exceptionally well and operated seamlessly.”
The investigation into the Yik Yak threats is ongoing.
University Police advises anyone with any involvement or information about these threats that it is in their best interest to come forward. University Police can be contacted at (315) 386-7777 or email@example.com.