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Towson University student arrested after allegedly threatening mass violence

Eric Barker, 20, of Mount Airy, a Towson University student who was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with making a threat of mass violence, has a Dec. 30 court date in Baltimore County.
Eric Barker, 20, of Mount Airy, a Towson University student who was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with making a threat of mass violence, has a Dec. 30 court date in Baltimore County. (Courtesy Photo/Mount Airy PD)

A Towson University student was arrested and charged with making a threat of mass violence, according to the Mount Airy and Towson University police departments.

Eric Barker, 20, a commuter student from Mount Airy, was arrested Wednesday and charged with making a threat of mass violence. The threatening statements were made on Twitter, according to court documents.

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The Twitter posts read “murder lookin reall good right about now,” “FUNGUN” and “I want to commit 50 counts of assault and murder right now,” according to court documents.

One of those tweets remained published on an account with the name @dtmijfeu as of 12:45 p.m. Friday. Also, a tweet time stamped at 12:50 p.m. on Nov. 19 read “no harm intended. my sincerest apologies.”

Towson University Police Department officials interviewed Barker on Tuesday, according to court documents. Barker told police he was “venting about school frustrations” and “very angry” when he posted the tweets, according to court records. Barker also had videos on his phone that related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the movie “The Joker," according to the documents.

Towson University Police notified Mount Airy Police of the arrest warrant for Barker, and Mount Airy Police arrested him and took him to Carroll County Central Booking, according to Mount Airy Police.

In a statement, officials with Towson University said Barker is not allowed to return to campus, and the university is cooperating with the investigation.

“There is no threat to campus,” officials wrote. “All threats of violence will be taken seriously.”

Barker’s attorney, Sam Nalli, declined to comment.

Barker was released on a $30,000 bond, according to court records. As part of his release, Barker was ordered not to go to Towson University and placed on GPS monitoring. He has a trial scheduled for late December.

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