FBI investigating threats against Villanova
VILLANOVA, Pa. - July 24, 2012 (WPVI) -- Action News has learned the FBI is now the lead investigating agency into a series of phone calls that included threats to harm Villanova students.
The calls, which began over the weekend, are described as 'rambling' in nature and include a number of unrelated topics.
A law enforcement source says it is believed the caller is from out of state.
In a written statement, Villanova University officials said Radnor Township Police had "received vague telephone threats concerning the University and that similar calls appear to have been placed by the same individual to other organizations throughout the country."
The university went on to say law enforcement "does not believe these calls are credible."
The university remains open and no classes have been canceled.
The entire statement reads:
Dear Faculty, Students and Staff:
I wanted you to know about a report that may appear in the local media regarding Villanova. The University was informed by the Radnor Township Police Department that it received vague telephone threats concerning the University and that similar calls appear to have been placed by the same individual to other organizations throughout the country.
The University has been in on-going contact with law enforcement, which does not believe these calls are credible. Nonetheless, the University is very appreciative that law enforcement is taking this matter seriously. Both the Radnor police and the FBI are actively investigating, with the full cooperation of the University's Department of Public Safety. The University remains open and no classes or activities have been cancelled.
As always, your safety is our highest priority. Radnor police officers and Villanova's Public Safety officers remain vigilant to any suspicious circumstances. If there were ever to be credible information that the University community was at risk, we would not hesitate to take immediate and decisive action. Please be assured that the University has systems, protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety of our campus.
As always, we ask that you remain attentive to your surroundings and report any unusual circumstances to Public Safety at 9-4444.
Ann E. Diebold
pennsylvania, delaware county, villanova, local/state
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