Arrest made in PSU threat

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State University Police has arrested the man who allegedly made a terrorist threat earlier this month on Twitter to target Beaver Stadium during the upcoming football season.

The man, Charles Thomas Hitechew, 22, of Gibsonia, was charged with two counts of terroristic threats.

The threat was shared on Twitter on Aug. 8. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by university police and the FBI.

Hitechew was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Casey McClain in State College and released on unsecured bail of $15,000.

A preliminary hearing for Hitechew is scheduled for Wednesday.

“Penn State takes every threat seriously. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our first priority. An investigation was initiated as soon as we were made aware of the threat, and investigators worked diligently to identify a suspect and make an arrest,” University Park Police Chief Keith Morris said.

The investigation began after another Twitter user reported the activity to authorities.

“We again remind everyone that if they see something, say something,” Morris said.

Earlier this week, Penn State announced Beaver Stadium would have an increased police presence for the coming season, which begins on Sept. 1 when the Nittany Lions host Appalachian State.

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