Phan waives hearing, faces trial for threats

Christina Bryson, News Editor

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Luong Chi Phan, a former student at Allegheny College, waived his scheduled hearing before Senior District Judge Joseph Weindorf on Jan. 21.

Phan is in Erie County Prison where he will stay until his trial, which Diane McCoy from the Erie Police Department, assumed would not be until this summer. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

Phan was arrested on Nov. 23, 2014 on terroristic threat charges after allegedly posting a string of threatening Facebook statuses targeted at Allegheny College.

According to the affidavit, posts on Phan’s Facebook included but were not limited to, “Death is coming for all,” “Everything will END in 2 days if you don’t believe in me,” and “Allegheny College, you are hell on earth. Everyone living there you better leave ASAP. Death awaits you.”

The college responded to the threats in conjunction with the Erie police and the Office of Safety and Security. The Meadville Police Department also agreed to assist the college if needed. The college remained confident in the Erie police’s handling of the situation.

In one of Joe DiChristina’s, dean of students, emails to the Allegheny community he stressed the capability of the Erie authorities.

“The police and other authorities have responded to a complex situation and have assured me that we are safe,” DiChristina wrote.

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