Former UAA student faces charges of making terroristic threats

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Over the weekend police took action after a former student allegedly made specific threats directed at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

Ralph Marcelo, 21, is facing charges of making terroristic threats after sending several text messages containing suicidal threats that "quickly evolved into threats of a mass shooting on UAA campus," according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department.

The threats were reported to APD by a current UAA student who was formerly in a relationship with Marcelo.

UAA interim Police Chief Michael Beckner said all threats are taken seriously.

"Once our guys were notified of a threat, they jumped into action and start thinking about protecting the university, property and life and things of that nature," Beckner said.

In the text messages, Marcelo allegedly said that he was going to get his dad's gun, go to UAA and "just (expletive) kill people," according to court documents.

During Marcelo's arraignment, his ex-girlfriend said that Marcelo's threats were based on his emotional reaction and anger due to their recent break-up.

"When you look at the texts, you can clearly see a young man who is hurting," Marcelo's ex-girlfriend said. "I am 99 percent sure that these were empty threats, but I called because I felt like I had no choice, regarding the other one percent."

According to court documents, Marcelo's ex-girlfriend said Marcelo has a history of suicidal attempts/threats involving a gun.

"If people think I'm a terrible person, maybe I should be a terrible person," Marcelo allegedly said.

According to the criminal complaint, Marcelo also allegedly said that he has no way of actually getting a gun and that "he would not actually do that."

At his arraignment, the judge set Marcelo's bail at $30,000 cash performance, citing the very specific and serious threats.



 
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