Suspect indicted for November bomb threat at Law Building

Selvin Lopez, 24, has been indicted on a charge of inducing panic.

Police and fire respond to the bomb threat at the Law Building, November 4th, 2021. Photo by Connor Mahon.

A suspect has been indicted on a charge of inducing panic for a bomb threat at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building on Nov. 4, 2021, according to an email sent to the campus community by Cleveland State University Police Department Acting Chief Beverly Pettrey.

Selvin Lopez, 24, of Cleveland was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury in December. Lopez has no affiliation with the university. The charge, inducing panic, is a second-degree felony when the incident takes place at a school or institution of higher learning. This carries a penalty of up to $15,000 and a prison sentence between 2 and 8 years.

The bomb threat was the first of three this academic year, being followed in December by a bomb threat at Fenn Tower and in February by a bomb threat at Euclid Commons. Both remain under investigation by CSUPD.

Lopez pled not guilty to the indictment, and posted bail on January 6, according to the case docket. It will continue with a pretrial conference set for March 15, 2022.

“The safety of all members of our campus community and our visitors is of the utmost importance. We look forward to keeping you updated on news regarding the recent bomb threats and we thank you for remaining vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Remember, if you see something, say something. Call 911 for campus emergencies, and contact CSU Police at 216-687-2020 for all non-emergencies,” concluded Pettrey.

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