Champaign man arrested for allegedly making terrorist-like threats

Champaign man arrested for allegedly making terrorist-like threats

A University of Illinois student has been arrested for allegedly making terrorist-like threats towards the school and others.

According to a news release posted on the Champaign Police Department Facebook page, officers on Saturday responded to a home in the 200 block of East Armory Avenue for a resident making threats.  Witnesses reported that 19 year-old Dany Sammak of Champaign made threats against the UI and residents of the home, including references to the Virginia Tech shooting and making shooting gestures with his hands at other residents.  Sammak was arrested for making terrorist threats and was taken to the Champaign County Jail.

After the arrest, Champaign Police say they, along with UI police and the FBI, worked to determine the validity of Sammak's threats.  Officials obtained a search warrant for Sammak's home, computer and other property and conducted interviews.  They then determined that Sammak is not part of a larger plot to harm others.  As a result, police say the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office charged Sammak with disorderly conduct, a class four felony.  His bond was set at $250,000.

“I commend the students who promptly reported this incident to law enforcement. I advise anyone who may be concerned about these types of threats to come forward immediately with information. It is always better to error on the side of caution, in these types of cases,” said Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb in the news release.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Champaign Police at 351-4545 or remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

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