A Lehigh student was assaulted off campus in what university officials are calling a racially motivated assault on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (Xiaozhe Zhang/B&W Staff)

UPDATED: Former Lehigh student arrested for threatening current students

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Update (Aug. 31, 11:00 p.m.):  The New York City Police Department took former Lehigh student Muhamad Diop into custody Wednesday morning after an investigation involving threats Diop made to a group of current Lehigh students, according to an email sent to the campus community by Lehigh University Police Chief Jason Schiffer. 

The Bethlehem Police Department filed Harassment and Terroristic Threats charges against Diop.

The campus community was made officially aware of these threats in an earlier email sent Monday morning by Schiffer, which included two images of Diop. The threats were made on Sunday.

The Monday email stated the Bethlehem Police Department located Diop in New York City on Sunday, but his specific location was unknown on Monday morning.

The email also announced all buildings on Lehigh’s campus would be accessible by ID card swipes only, and there would be an increased “police and security presence” throughout campus. 

Though, classes would operate normally. 

Regular building operations resumed Wednesday morning. 

The nature of the threats toward specific Lehigh students has not been disclosed, though Diop posted videos and pictures on his Instagram account Monday night that threatened violence toward Lehigh students. Schiffer wrote the situation was unrelated to the death of a Lehigh student last week.

According to Wednesday’s email update, LUPD has been in direct contact with Diop’s family and the students who received the threats. 

“Our thoughts and support are with the students who were impacted by this incident,” Schiffer said in the email. 

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  1. The kid apparently made some statements on Instagram about this. His “apology” shows he has some emotional issues and seems to have some deep animosity with LUPD & NYPD.

    Hopefully, everyone involved in this stays safe.

  2. if you really wanted to be helpful then you should have posted a photo of the suspect in your original article. If this guy would have followed through on his threat, you could have have saved lives.

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