UA police term message ‘threatening’; student arrested

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas police arrested a student Friday who allegedly sent a Twitter message that authorities interpreted as threatening to other students.

Campus police identified Carlos Guzman Martinez, 23, a fourth-year architecture student.

Guzman was taken into custody at his apartment and charged with felony terroristic threatening and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Twitter message Martinez allegedly sent was cryptic: “UPDATE: Someone screams over the mezzanine and shoots all the forth [sic] year.”

It was reported to police about noon. Officers were sent to the Old Field House, where architecture studio classes are held, to talk to the student but he was not found in the building, UA police said in a statement.

Architecture department officials decided to send students, faculty and staff home as a precaution.

“The Twitter message was interpreted as a threat,” UAPD Lt. Gary Crain said. “For the peace of mind of their students, faculty and staff the architecture department decided to send students home from two of the studios. Their concern is understandable.”

Martinez was being held Friday in the Washington County jail pending a bond hearing.