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New Jersey man accused of threatening The Evergreen State College

UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

Counter-protesters gather by a sign that reads "Admissions" during a protest by the conservative group Patriot Prayer, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Counter-protesters gather by a sign that reads "Admissions" during a protest by the conservative group Patriot Prayer, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Associated Press

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – A New Jersey man is accused of making threatening calls to a college in Washington after protests there last month attracted national attention.

Morris County prosecutors say 53-year-old Robert Kerekes Jr. was arrested Monday night. The Morris Plains man is charged with making terroristic threats, criminal coercion and causing false public alarm

The charges stem from telephone threats made against Evergreen State College, which caused the school to be shut down for two days.

Authorities say the threats came after a series of protests over student claims of racism at the small progressive campus.

Prosecutors say Kerekes will remain in custody until a bail hearing is held.

It wasn’t known Tuesday if he has retained an attorney.

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