A University of Iowa student has been charged with threat of terrorism after police say he threatened to bring a gun to graduation.
Soliman Obaid B. Altamimi, 25, went to the university’s International Programs Office at the University Capitol Center around 11:30 a.m. on Friday and asked to make a speech at the graduation ceremony, according to UI police complaints. When staff told Altamimi he couldn’t give a speech, he replied that he “will bring a gun to the final ceremony.”
Altamimi admitted to officers that he made the statement, the complaints state.
Police say Altamimi made a similar statement on Nov. 11, 2016, when he said he would bring a gun to the International Programs Office and shoot international students.
Online court records do not show any charges resulting from that incident.
Regarding the November incident, UI officials said in an email that UI police received a report at the time from another student who shared concerns about Altamimi’s statements.
“Those concerns were taken seriously and UIPD followed up with Mr. Altamimi at that time,” university spokesperson Tricia Brown said in the email.
Threat of terrorism is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Police complaints also show Altamimi has been charged with third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
Altamimi is currently being held in the Johnson County Jail on a $12,000 bond.
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