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Harford Community College closed while threat is investigated; person of interest in custody

Harford County Sheriff's deputies responded for Harford Community College on Friday, Jan. 3, for a "nonspecific threat" to the campus, which caused the college to close for the day and cancel all activities.
Harford County Sheriff's deputies responded for Harford Community College on Friday, Jan. 3, for a "nonspecific threat" to the campus, which caused the college to close for the day and cancel all activities. (Matt Button)

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate after a “non-specific threat” was made to Harford Community College on Friday.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said a “person of interest” was in custody, but no charges had been filed as of 3 p.m.

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Deputies who responded to the college began clearing the scene around 2:45 p.m., said Cristie Hopkins, of the sheriff’s office. Nothing suspicious or concerning had been found on campus, she said.

The college closed its campus for the remainder of the day after it received a “non-specific” threat to campus Friday morning.

“Out of an abundance of caution we will be closed for [the] remainder of Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, while we investigate the matter,” according to a tweet from the college’s official account, sent at 10:10 a.m. All classes, events and programs scheduled for Friday were canceled.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the sheriff’s office indicated a “person of interest” in custody, there were no reported injuries and that the situation “appeared to be under control.”

Harford Technical High School and John Archer School, both located on Thomas Run Road across from the college, were not affected by the incident, according to Jillian Lader, a spokesperson for Harford County Public Schools.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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