SFSU bomb scare suspect threatened to ‘shoot up and blow up’ library, police say

Man, 55, arrested on suspicion of criminal threats in connection with incident

The man who prompted a bomb scare at San Francisco State University on Monday afternoon allegedly threatened to “shoot up and blow up” people at the library, authorities said.

The 55-year-old suspect walked into the J. Paul Leonard Library at around 3:18 p.m. while carrying bags and yelling the threats, according to University Police Department Chief Reginald Parson.

The man was taken into custody on the first floor of the library when police arrived, Parson said in a letter to the campus community.

Police issued an evacuation order for the library and the San Francisco Police Department bomb squad responded to investigate the packages, which were described by Parson as a “large duffel bag, backpack and cylindrical bag.”

Police determined the bags were not explosive before searching the area for “additional devices,” but did not find any, Parson said.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of two felony counts of criminal threats, according to Parson. He is not believed to have ties to the university.

University officials initially issued a shelter-in-place alert for the entire campus.

That alert was lifted by the evening.

Police said the library will be open Tuesday.

This story has been updated.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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