SANTA CRUZ >> A 25-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested Wednesday in an online threat of an explosion at UC Santa Cruz, UCSC police said.
There was no explosion, but the post “referenced creating explosives, homicide, suicide and a past university shooting,” said UCSC Police Chief Nader Oweis.
The man is not a UCSC student and made the remarks anonymously online, Oweis said. Oweis said police take such reports “very seriously and investigates them to their fullest extent.”
About 7 p.m. Wednesday, a father of a UCSC student spotted the post and reported it to police, Oweis said.
Authorities tracked the post to Ayman Kareem Hawari on the 600 block of Pacific Avenue, according to Oweis and jail records. Hawari was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats and resisting arrest, Oweis said.
Hawari was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail after midnight, Oweis said. Officers have not found a connection between him and the university, Oweis said.
“The post didn’t target any individuals, though it included general threats against two campus colleges, Oakes and Porter,” Oweis said.
Other people also contacted police with concerns about the online post, Oweis said. Police have not yet said on which website it appeared.