Arrest Made in Connection to Anti-Semitic Threats at Cornell University
A junior at Cornell University has been arrested and charged with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications, according to a release from the United States Department of Justice.
The release says, 21-year-old Patrick Dai, from Pittsford New York, allegedly posted threatening messages to the Cornell section of an online discussion website, calling for the deaths of Jewish people, including a post that said, "gonna shoot up 104 west." 104 West is a dining hall on Cornell University campus that caters to Kosher diets, and is located right next to the Cornell Jewish Center.
The Department of Justice says, in another post, Dai allegedly threatened to "stab" and "slit the throat" of any Jewish males he sees on campus, and to "rape" and "throw off a cliff" any Jewish females, and to behead any Jewish babies. In the same post the office says he threatened to, "bring an assault rifle to campus and shoot all you pig jews."
The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
He will appear in federal court tomorrow, November 1 in Syracuse.
In a statement the Vice President for University Relations at Cornell University, Joel M. Malina stated;
“Cornell University is grateful to the FBI for working so swiftly to identify and apprehend the suspect in this case, a Cornell student, who remains in custody. We also thank Cornell Police and Chief Anthony Bellamy for extraordinary efforts in supporting the investigation and protecting our campus community. The university will continue to provide assistance to law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office as this case moves forward.
“We remain shocked by and condemn these horrific, antisemitic threats and believe they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We know that our campus community will continue to support one another in the days ahead. Cornell Police will maintain its heightened security presence on campus as the university continues to focus on supporting the needs of our students, faculty and staff.”