Hamilton Hall lock down is over, suspect in custody

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police have found and taken into custody a suspect who threatened to harm two students at Penn State, causing the lock down of a 550-student residence hall on campus.

University Police Sunday evening (Jan. 17) responded to a call from state police that a father in a dispute with his family had threatened to harm his children, who are students on the University Park campus and reside in Hamilton Hall.

Penn State police asked students in Hamilton Hall to stay in their rooms and lock their doors for approximately four hours as they monitored doors and patrolled all of West Halls. Out of an abundance of caution, Waring Dining Commons was closed at 8 p.m.

“We take the safety of our students seriously and make it a practice to act quickly on threats of this nature,” said Mike Lowery, interim director of Penn State Police and Public Safety. “This was an unfortunate situation and we appreciate the cooperation of our student body and everyone who assisted with this incident.”

Police will continue to patrol the area for the next few hours.

Last Updated January 17, 2016