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Dartmouth standoff suspect held without bail

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By: Samantha Lavien


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The Former Roger Williams University student accused of sending around a half of a dozen emails to law school staff threatening the school earlier this week appeared in New Bedford District Court Thursday afternoon.

Kevin Pacheco was arraigned on charges of extortion and threats causing evacuation or disruption of school.

Court documents reveal the subject line of the threatening email allegedly sent by Pacheco read: "The time has come to solve our problem, you have an 8 hour deadline."

Among the things said inside the more than 30 page email were, "... I have warned you all over and over again, today you receive your last warning. Tomorrow I will draw blood against all my enemies."

Those threats sparked an eight hour stand-off at the 36-year-olds Dartmouth home on Richard Street on Tuesday that eventually ended with him peacefully surrendering to police after power was shut off in his home.

Multiple guns and ammunition as well as books on how to become a serial killer were found in his house.

Now, two days after the threat, Roger Williams is getting some criticism from students as to how the threat was handled on the Bristol campus.

"I actually found out through my mom. My mom messaged me and was like are you ok is there anything going on," said Freshman Roger Williams University Student Jenna Webb. "I didn't even know what she was talking about. I mean if they had maybe sent out like a text message telling us I feel like that would have been a little better."

"All I got from them was one email no phone calls or anything," said Senior Mike Pascarella.

The Director of Public Affairs at the school responded to the criticism with a statement reading:

"While we appreciate that there are a wide variety of opinions about how we responded and communicated during a fast-moving situation on Tuesday, we did so in a way that a broad range of Roger Williams officials – as well as the police officers on site – felt was appropriate at the time. Fortunately, thanks to the swift involvement of the RWU Public Safety team and law enforcement from both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we learned early in the day that despite a disturbing email sent to a few faculty and administrators, our campus was never in any actual danger. It's particularly important to note that despite the fact that Mr. Pacheco's emails contained language that raised concerns, our Public Safety team working jointly with the Bristol Police determined that there was no immediate safety threat to the law school, the broader Roger Williams University campus or specific individuals on campus. And while local law enforcement was at RWU to investigate, the campus was NOT on lock down – again, because there was no immediate safety threat on campus. Had police identified an immediate threat, the entire RWU community would have been alerted immediately through our RWU Alert emergency notification system, per our emergency response protocol. Like any responsible institution does after a significant incident, we are and will be conducting a full review of whether we can improve upon our response and communications should we even encounter another similar situation."

Pacheco was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Monday.

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