Suspect in Roger Williams University threat surrenders

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The man who police suspect of sending threatening e-mails to Roger Williams University has surrendered and is in police custody.

Hours after police located the suspect, Kevin Pacheco, 36,  inside his Richard Street home in South Dartmouth, Mass., police had the electricity to the house shut off as darkness fell. Mr. Pacheco surrendered shortly thereafter.

It was reported on Twitter that Mr. Pacheco may have had depression issues. While Dartmouth Police Det. Kyle Costa couldn’t confirm Mr. Pacheco’s mental health status, he did said that he was being medically evaluated. At one point, Mr. Pacheco did ask for his medication, Det. Costa said.

“He did request his medicine, but we didn’t have doctors on scene so we weren’t able to give him any,” said Det. Costa. “But he did surrender peacefully.”

Police are awaiting a search warrant in order to search the home.

Mr. Pacheco will remain in custody in Massachusetts, where he will likely face charges, as well as in Bristol, including cyber- harassment and extortion.

The Public Affairs Office at Roger Williams University released the following email, following Mr. Pacheco’s arrest:

“Students, Faculty and Staff:

Earlier today we notified you about police activity on campus related to an email sent to a small group of faculty and administrators at the School of Law that contained threatening language.

Earlythis evening, law enforcement officers in South Dartmouth, Mass., apprehended Kevin Pacheco, the individual who allegedly sent the email that raised concerns. He is currently in police custody and will face criminal charges in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Mr. Pacheco is a former law school student who was last enrolled during the Fall 2012 semester. Until the email received this morning, there had been no direct interaction with him in more than nine months.

The email itself is in the hands of local law enforcement as part of their investigation. While we can’t share detailed information, please be assured that our Public Safety team immediately consulted with the local police officers on site and they jointly determined that there was no immediate threat to campus.

As we noted earlier today, we arranged for an increased police presence on campus today out of an abundance of caution. But at no time today was the suspect on or near the Roger Williams campus.

Thankfully, the situation appears to have been resolved at this point based on the dedication of our local law enforcement agencies.

RWU Emergency Response Team”

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