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Keith Norman, Forum News Service, Published November 14 2013

Student charged with terrorizing in University of Jamestown lockdown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The University of Jamestown student whose alleged “satanic” threats prompted a campuswide lockdown last week has been charged with terrorizing.

Robert Flores, 18, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., appeared Thursday before Judge John Greenwood and heard the charge, a Class C felony punishable by five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Greenwood also set a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

According to an emergency call made by a dean at the school, Flores threatened to kill three students and “drink their blood as a satanic ritual.”

Flores appeared Thursday without an attorney. He was given the forms to apply for a court-appointed attorney.

Katherine Naumann, assistant state’s attorney, requested that bail be set at $100,000. Naumann said Flores is on supervised probation from a previous criminal mischief and underage drinking incident. She also said he has no home in Jamestown other than at the University of Jamestown.

Ronald Flores, Robert’s father, had previously said that his son had been expelled from the university. The University of Jamestown declined to comment on Flores’ status because of confidentiality requirements.

If Flores posts bond, he will be released into his father’s custody. He is prohibited from having contact with victims or witnesses in the incident and from leaving North Dakota.

“I do want to fix this,” Robert Flores said. “I want to prove to the court I am not a danger to myself or anyone else.”