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October 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Skagit County woman arrested after text threat to SPU student

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. |

The Associated Press

Seattle police say a threatening text message that set off a brief lockdown at the Seattle Pacific University campus has led to a woman’s arrest.

Detective Drew Fowler says an SPU student received the message from a former girlfriend, who reportedly said she would kill him and his friends. The lockdown was lifted once authorities confirmed the woman was in Skagit County, north of Seattle, and posed no threat to the school.

Fowler says the woman had claimed to be on the Seattle campus Friday afternoon.

Skagit County deputies arrested the woman at a home outside Burlington. Fowler said deputies planned to transfer her to Seattle police before she is booked into the King County Jail in Seattle for investigation of harassment.

Burlington is about 60 miles north of Seattle.

On June 5, a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on the SPU campus.

ORIGINAL POST | Seattle Pacific University went into lockdown for about an hour Friday afternoon after a student reported receiving a threatening text message.

Seattle police investigated the threat, but determined the person making it was outside of King County and didn’t pose an immediate danger, Detective Drew Fowler said.

A university spokeswoman said that “out of an abundance of caution” the school went into lockdown about 1:30 p.m., but was preparing to lift the order at 2:30 p.m.

Seattle Pacific was the site of a shooting June 5 that left one student dead and two wounded. A Mountlake Terrace man, Aaron Rey Ybarra, has pleaded not guilty to  one count of premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.

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