CHARLES TOWN — Leaders at American Public University say they are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement following the arrest over the weekend of a Los Angeles man who flew to West Virginia after allegedly making terroristic threats to university employees.
[cleeng_content id="362383152" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]David Bernard Alford, 34, whose mailing address is listed on the criminal complaint as a post office box in Los Angeles, told staff members he was upset with the “system” and demanded that his tuition be reimbursed, according to police. After being told it would be returned, Alford said the timeline of the return of his tuition was not adequate, police said.
According to a complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court, Alford became angry and requested the names of university employees so they could be “dealt with first.” He also stated he empathized with former U.S. Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, the gunman of the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C. that left 12 people dead, saying he agreed with veterans who lash out violently.
According to the police statement, some phone calls lasted two hours.
Alford was arrested after flying from California to Charleston, when he was taken into custody after attempting to find transportation to Charles Town and was arraigned Friday
evening on an arrest warrant filed by the Charles Town Police Department, according to police.
Brian Muys, vice-president of public relations at American Public University, said the safety and security of employees and the public is paramount, but wanted to emphasize that the investigation is in its early phase.
“APUS is continuing to cooperate with law enforcement on this matter to best ensure the ongoing safety of our employees and community,” Muys said. “We cannot speculate at this time on any possible outcomes, however, given the student’s right to privacy and ongoing police investigation.”
American Public University System is an online learning institution featuring more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs headquartered in Charles Town that educates more than 100,000 students in all 50 states and 100 countries.
Alford is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail in Kanawha County on a $25,000 bond.
If convicted of the charge, he faces one to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.[/cleeng_content]