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Holy Cross Athlete Arrested For Posting Movie Theater Shooting Threats

Sunday, December 16, 2012

 

Against the backdrop of recent mass killings, a junior at Holy Cross and a member of the Men's Cross Country team has been arrested and is being held for posting a social media threat that he was going to go to a movie theater and shoot people.

Worcester County District Attorney spokesman Tim Connolly said Gregory Hamalian, of West Bridgewater, was arrested Friday evening and charged with making terroristic threats and four counts of threatening to commit a crime.

"He posted on a social media site that he planned to go into a theater in Massachusetts and shoot it up," Connolly said, however, Hamalian did not include any specifics regarding a time or location.

Connolly said Hamalian is being held on $5,000 bail and will be arraigned in Central District Court on Monday.

Holy Cross officials have confirmed that Hamalian has been suspended from the college pending his case.

"The student was placed on interim suspension because of the seriousness of the criminal charges, in accordance with the College's established student conduct policies. As I mentioned, this temporary suspension will be in effect until disposition of the matter and review by the College. The publicly available Student Handbook covers these policies," said Ellen Ryder, Director, Office of Public Affairs at the College.

Hamalian's Achievements

Hamalian is co-captain of the Cross Country team and a high academic achiever.  His bio reads: Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll … recorded a season-best time of 28:00 at the National Catholic Championship on Sept. 16 … finished 24th at the Blue Devil Invitational with a time of 28:46 … also ran in the Patriot League Championship (70th, 28:11.1), New England Championship (216th, 28:08) and Paul Short Invitational (322th, 29:22).

Facebook Page

A review of Hamalian's Facebook page revealed that there is now no posted threat visible.  

No threats were visible on his Twitter page either, @greghamalian.

 

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