NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Reports of a person carrying a sword or a handgun led to a three-hour lockdown at Central Connecticut State University on Monday, and the son of a geography professor was at the center of the commotion, school officials said.
University officials said 21-year-old senior David Kyem, son of CCSU professor Peter Kyem, was arrested Monday and charged with breach of peace. They said the younger Kyem was released on $1,000 bail.
The school did not release any other information. Police said no weapons were recovered and there was no threat to the campus.
WFSB-TV in Connecticut reported the elder Kyem said his son attended a party at the University of Connecticut for three days without a change of clothes and returned to campus Monday still wearing his Halloween costume, which was a ninja. He says his son has never held a handgun and that everything was OK.
A woman who answered the phone at a Newington, Conn., number listed for the elder Kyem told The Associated Press that neither the professor nor student was available for comment.
"We had no real threat to students or faculty," said Chris Cervoni, chief of the campus police.
The university declared a campus emergency at about noon Monday, directing people to stay inside and away from windows on the 182-acre campus south of Hartford. State troopers and police from several nearby cities responded, and SWAT teams swarmed around a 400-student residential building, James Hall, where the suspect had been seen.
Officials said that even if it was a prank, the concern was real, noting the person dressed in camouflage was the subject of several 911 calls.
"In this situation, our prayers were answered," said Jack Miller, the university's president, who noted the FBI was among the agencies that responded. "Certainly there have been many other situations that didn't conclude in this way."
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