Reported threat puts campus on alert

Daivd McAtee

Daivd McAtee
City Times

Campus Police were on high alert the week of April 7 in response to a report from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department which stated that a man released April 2 from jail in Sacramento planned to commit a shooting on a San Diego County college campus.

The man, Thai Thanh Dang, made the claim while in jail, but did not state which campus he intended to perpetrate the crime on, authorities reported. Dang has since been located and is in the custody of the Sacramento Police Department.

Police on campuses around the county were taking extra precautions with warnings of suspicious behavior, according to City College Police Sergeant Diane Medero.

“Campus police are putting in extra patrol. We’re asking everyone to be vigilant,” she stated April 7.

The report was released by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department on April 6.

According to Rich Dittbenner, the director of Public Information and Government Relations for the San Diego Community College District, Dang didn’t appear to be in the area.

“But in this day and age, this is something we have to pay attention to. All police in the area are alert because [Dang] had mentioned San Diego. If he had said Phoenix, police in Phoenix would be just as alert,” Dittbenner said April 7.