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Police: Suspended Student Threatened Laboratory Staff

The Huntington resident made several threatening posts on social media after his suspension, authorities said.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Flickr Photo/Jun Seita: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jseita/2534462206/
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Flickr Photo/Jun Seita: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jseita/2534462206/

A Huntington man who studied at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory threatened its staff, authorities said.

Nassau Police say John P. Sheppard, 26, was arrested on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. for making a terroristic threat.

Detectives say Sheppard was suspended from Cold Spring Harbor Lab for erratic behavior.  After his suspension, he made several threatening posts on social media, putting the staff in fear of their safety. The incidents occurred between May 19-July 7.  

An investigation led detectives on Thursday to Sheppard’s home, where he was arrested without incident.  At the time of his arrest, Sheppard was found have an imitation pistol BB gun, police said.  

No injuries were reported.

Sheppard is charged with six counts of making a terroristic threat and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.  

He is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Editor's note: This article was updated, posting that the incidents occurred between May 19-July 7, based on new information from Nassau Police. 


Sal Anthony July 21, 2014 at 03:45 PM
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