Benedict college campus security alert over

De'amontez Anibardio Valdez (Source: Benedict College)
De'amontez Anibardio Valdez (Source: Benedict College)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Officials at Benedict College say the campus lock down is over.

The campus was placed on security alert Saturday afternoon and students were warned to stay inside.  Visitors were not allowed on campus.

Benedict spokesperson Kymm Hunter says the college received a telephone threat Saturday afternoon.  Hunter says 20-year-old De'amontez Anibardio Valdez was angry over a relationship and threatened the school and a person associated with the college.

Hunter notified the media at about 8:30 Saturday night that investigators determined the man who made the threat was not in the Columbia area.

Hunter says Valdez called the main telephone number and made the threat.  Valdez is not a Benedict student.  She says investigators were able to trace the call to Valdez, but they are not sure where he was when he made the call.

The campus alert delayed the Tigers' basketball game Saturday afternoon, and Hunter says when the game is over, police escorted students and guests to their destinations.  Police escorted students to the cafeteria for dinner.

Hunter says the campus police department called in all available officers and Columbia Police and the Richland County Sheriff's Department assisted.

Hunter says Valdez drives a red Ford 150 with Georgia license plates.

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