Police: Man threatening Upstate college students via text arrested

Jamal Davenport (Source: WYFF)
Jamal Davenport (Source: WYFF)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WYFF) - Police at the University of South Carolina Upstate said the "armed and dangerous" man accused of making threats to shoot friends of a student has been arrested.

Jamal Davenport, 20, of Greenville, is not enrolled at USC Upstate, but he is accused of using an electronic device to harass and threaten a student. Police said he claimed to have a weapon and threatened to go to the campus and shoot the student's friends.

Officers said Davenport is originally from Providence, R. I.. Investigators said Davenport is believed to have been affiliated with a local gang there.

According to campus police, a student recognized Davenport at "Fall for Greenville" in downtown Greenville Sunday afternoon.

That student alerted authorities and Davenport was arrested.

He is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center, a bond hearing will be held Monday morning.

According to investigators, the victim and suspect started an online relationship about a month ago and recently met. Police said the victim realized then she didn't want to have a relationship with the suspect.

Police said that's when Davenport told the student on the phone and through text messages he would come to campus and hurt her male friends – either physically or with a gun.

Peterson said, "He was just coming to the university, he had weapons and was going to take care of her friends and we took that as a general threat to the university."

Peterson said Davenport will be charged with second-degree harassment and wants to warn young people about the dangers of online dating.

"Move cautiously, move slowly, but if you're going to meet someone for the first time, make sure that you have a friend with you or friends with you in a safe place because you just don't know what this person's intent is, " Peterson said.

Peterson said next month students will be educated about the legal consequences of making threats online or through text messages.

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