Eric Yee ’12 was arrested in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday after he allegedly posted comments on ESPN’s website saying he was watching children and would not mind killing them.
After an ESPN employee at the company’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters notified local police of Yee’s posts on Sunday, police notified Santa Clarita Valley Station, which initiated surveillance of Yee’s home until a search warrant was obtained, the Associated Press reported. Police found several guns at Yee’s home and arrested him on suspicion of making terrorist threats.
“We take all these kinds of threats serious, especially with the climate of other shootings around the nation over the past year,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Low told the Associated Press.
Though authorities did not specify how serious the threat was, an ESPN spokesman told the Associated Press that Yee made the threatening posts in a reader response section to an online story about new Nike sneakers that retail at $270 — a price that other readers commented might lead to children possibly getting killed.
In his post, Yee allegedly said his actions would be like the July shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.
Yee was being held in jail Tuesday on $1 million bail. Tuesday evening calls to his family were unreturned.
In the wake of Yee’s arrest, two schools near his house — Arroyo Seco Junior High School and Santa Clarita Elementary School — notified their students about the arrest but did not shut down for the day.
Yee was expected to graduate in May 2012 with a degree in economics, but he withdrew from Yale in May for undisclosed reasons, the Associated Press reported.
University spokesman Tom Conroy said Tuesday night that Yee is not currently enrolled at Yale.