A resident of Bucks County was arrested last weeks following threats made against Temple University.
Police say that 29-year-old Patrick Buhler was arrested on charges of harassment and making terroristic threats following an incident at a Walmart in Levittown.
According to police and witnesses, Buhler, while buying a rifle and bullets, made comments of a violent nature about the university.
Witnesses state that the suspect inquired about police response time and bulletproof vests, and also told several store employees that they would “see something on the news” in the coming days.
Buhler was later taken into custody by authorities. Police have also stated that Buhler has a previous arrest record for illegal possession of a firearm in New Jersey last April as well.
This incident came just days before two mass shootings across the country last weekend in less than 24 hours, one at a Walmart in El Paso Texas by a white supremacist and another by a suspect in Ohio who was later killed by police.
Temple police are currently reviewing the incident and are cooperating with the investigation at this time.
UPDATE: University President Richard Englert today released an update to students and staff on the status of the arrest. The email is as follows
|To the Temple University community:
In light of recent events, I wanted to send you some updates on safety at Temple.
On Saturday, Patrick J. Buhler, 29, was arrested in Bucks County after he was reported last week to be purchasing ammunition and making comments about security at Temple. Police in the area investigated, and Buhler has been charged with terroristic threats and harassment.
He remains in police custody on a $100,000 bond.
Temple was immediately made aware of the situation, and we remain in contact with local and federal officials regarding the matter. Temple Police will continue to closely monitor this situation.
Temple Police are on constant alert for any situation that might affect the safety of our students, employees and neighbors. The university works with experts to evaluate potential threats and take appropriate action when these threats are credible.
Should you need to take immediate action to ensure your own safety, we will communicate with you through TU Alerts. These alerts are sent via text and email, and are also tweeted on Temple’s main Twitter feed, @TempleUniv, so the Temple community can stay informed.
Please help us by being part of the effort to ensure safety on campus. If you see or hear something suspicious, contact Temple Police right away by calling 215-204-1234, or local authorities at 911.
Your safety, and the safety of everyone in the Temple University community, is our highest priority.