Report: Man found guilty in Utica College threat that caused hours-long lockdown


    Fahrudin Omerovic (CNYCentral File Photo)

    The man charged in connection to the threat that caused an hours-long lockdown at Utica College earlier this year was found guilty.

    According to WKTV in Utica, Fahrudin Omerovic was convicted Monday afternoon of two counts of making a terroristic threat after just six days of testimony and less than two hours of deliberations.

    Fahrudin Omerovic in Utica City Court on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (Photo courtesy WKTV)

    On March 5, Utica College received threats over a phone call from a man claiming he was armed with a weapon. As a result, armed officers started escorting people from campus buildings before a shelter-in-place order was put in place that lasted for several hours. More than 100 police officers responded to the scene and Utica City Schools and New York Mills Union Free School District were each placed on lockout because of the situation at the college as a precautionary measure, according to officials from those districts.

    Utica College was on lockdown for several hours in March after threatening phone calls were made. (Photo courtesy WKTV)

    Omerovic, a 24-year-old student at the college, was arrested on March 6 and indicted in April. Police say he used an app to disguise his phone number and made the calls while he was hiding on campus.

    According to WKTV, Omerovic's trial was scheduled to begin Oct.1, but it was postponed until Nov. 26. Oneida County Court officials say that the defense has filed a psychiatric notice with the court and the Oneida County District Attorney's office has asked for additional time to have Omerovic examined by their own psychiatrist.

    Omerovic rejected a plea deal back in May that would have given him 10 years in state prison.

    He will be sentenced on Jan. 29, according to WKTV.

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