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Weapons threats at BCCC lead to woman’s arrest

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A Doylestown Township woman was charged Oct. 4, with threats to use weapons of mass destruction, in connection with an anonymous tip that led to the one-day closing of Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus.

Newtown Township Police received information through an anonymous tip, Tuesday. Sept. 25, that an individual named “Karl” had sent the tipster a group text message and was planning to commit acts of violence on the Bucks County Community College campus, including the use of firearms and explosive devices, on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Newtown Township Police immediately notified college security, and in an abundance of caution for the safety of students and staff, the college canceled classes and closed the Newtown Township campus on Sept. 26.

In the early stages of the investigation, detectives were able to identify the source of the anonymous tip information as a Bucks County Community College student named Sarah Elizabeth Squitieri.

During the course of the investigation, detectives conducted an interview with Squitieri, where she provided information and details contradicting the information that she had provided through the anonymous tip, police said.

Through additional investigation, including interviews, video footage, and telephone records, detectives were able to determine that Squitieri had provided false and misleading information concerning the alleged threat and that there was no credible threat to the community college.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, an arrest warrant was issued for Squitieri, for the criminal offense of threats to use weapons of mass destruction – a felony of the third degree. That evening, Squitieri was taken into custody at her Doylestown Township residence, without incident.

Squitieri was arraigned before District Judge Gary Gamberdella and was sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility, in lieu of $100,000 (10 percent) bail.

In addition, the following bail conditions were set: Upon Squitieri’s release from the correctional facility, she is to be confined to her residence with the use of a GPS ankle monitoring bracelet; she is not to possess any firearms; she is not to be within 100 yards of the Bucks County Community College and is not to have contact with the Bucks County Community College.

Throughout this investigation, Newtown Township Police were assisted by agencies including; Bucks County Community College Security, Bucks County Department of Emergency Communications, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Doylestown Township Police.


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