Judge won't lower bail in Utica College threat case

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Utica judge refused to lower the bail for a man suspected of making threatening phone calls that forced a large police response to the Utica College campus on Monday.

On Tuesday night, 23-year-old Fahrudin Omerovic pleaded not guilty to charges including four counts of making a terroristic threat. 

Following his arraignment, Omerovic was jailed in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Wednesday morning, Omerovic was in court to set a date for Omerovic’s preliminary hearing.

His public defender, Matthew Watson, asked for a lower bail, noting that Omerovic is a college student who won’t be able to afford such a high amount.

Judge Christopher Giruzzi denied his request, however.

Omerovic is scheduled to return to Utica City Court on March 19.

Police say Omerovic was on campus when he made the first of several calls to the college on Monday, threatening classmates and claiming to have a gun.

Omerovic is a Utica College student and he had access to campus facilities. 

The threats were called "real" and "credible" on Monday, but law enforcement deemed the threat not credible on Tuesday.

The threat caused Utica College to go on lockdown for six hours. 

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