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Authorities working to identify suspect in Butte College voicemail threat

Butte College is working with multiple law enforcement agencies to locate a suspect who left a threatening voicemail directed at the police academy, according to Butte College Public Information Officer, Lisa Delaby.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 11:50 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 9:39 PM

UPDATE: April 16 at 9:36 p.m: Butte College sent out a text message to its students saying there is no credible threat to the college or to the students.

In the text, the college said all campus services will remain open as normally scheduled. 

Chico police officers and Cal State Park officials are on scene assisting Butte College campus police in Oroville.

Chico police officers are on scene assisting Butte College campus police in Oroville.

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OROVILLE, Calif. – Butte College is working with multiple law enforcement agencies to locate a suspect who left a threatening voicemail directed at the police academy, according to Butte College Public Information Officer, Lisa Delaby.

Authorities said they are working to identify a suspect. They added, they can't release further information at this time.

The voicemail came in Friday morning, prompting the college to close its main campus in Oroville to all visitors.

Action News Now spoke with one student who was on the campus finishing up baseball practice when he got the alert. 

"Honestly it's pretty scary because none of us knew until after practice, until after the fact, so I think that's the scariest part of it all," said student, Kevahn Ebron.

"We definitely do our best to communicate, as soon as we know any information we try to get that information out whether it's by phonecall or email to let folks know whats going on," said Delaby. "Once our law enforcement agency received the threatening voicemail, out of an abundance of caution, our Police Chief decided that we were going to limit access to our front gate to students, staff and people who had a legitimate reason to be here on campus."

Delaby said at this time, they can't say what the threat was. Out of an abundance of caution, they will limit visitor access to only students who have work or class, staff, or others who have business on campus. 

The main campus will close at its regular time at 5 p.m. Friday.

 

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