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Merced College student arrested for terrorist threats
Freddy Matzuy
Freddy Matzuy

A Merced College student was arrested Sunday after allegedly posting threats on social media against the campus of 15,000 students.

Freddy Matzuy, 34, of Merced was arrested Sunday afternoon at his residence on suspicion of making criminal threats. Matzuy was being held at the Merced County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail. The case was sent to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for evaluation of the charge against Matzuy.

The alleged threats were made on a series of social media posts on pages open to veterans. Law enforcement said the posts didn’t threaten any one individual specifically, but did mention Merced College.

“The safety of our students, faculty and the entire Merced community is always our top priority,” said Merced College President Chris Vitelli. “I want to thank those people who were monitoring social media for being proactive and alerting the authorities. The situation was circumvented because people were paying attention and took action. I appreciate the swift and collaborative efforts of the Merced City PD in appropriately responding to this serious safety concern.”

Classes and events on the campus were held as usual on Monday. While there were no other threats made against the campus community, the Merced Police Department did have an increased presence on the campus on Monday.