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State police ID suspect that threatened person near FLCC campus

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New York State Police gave an update on the incident that sent Finger Lakes Community College into a shelter-in-place order on Tuesday.

The call came in around 9:20 a.m. that a person reportedly made threatening remarks and then threatened a person with a knife several times.

Shawn Thomas, 48, of Canandaigua fled the scene of the incident and headed toward FLCC.

Due to where the incident took place a shelter-in-place was ordered until Thomas was taken into custody a short time later.

He was charged with second-degree menacing. The charge will be answered at a later date.


FLCC official: Shelter-in-place was prompted by person with a knife

Finger Lakes Community College activated a shelter-in-place alert on Tuesday after an alarming incident. A student was reportedly spotted near the campus entrance, wielding a knife.


FLCC President Robert Nye communicated that the student, after being observed off-campus, cycled onto the campus premises. The administration immediately sent out a warning message to the FLCC community. The subsequent shelter-in-place order was issued the moment it was confirmed the student had entered the campus.

In a rapid response, the police located the student just 32 minutes after the original report, specifically on the fourth floor of a building where the student was scheduled to attend classes. As of now, the college hasn’t disclosed further details regarding any potential arrests or subsequent legal actions.


In his message to the FLCC community, Dr. Nye expressed gratitude for the swift actions of the police, the college faculty, and students who assisted in reporting. He also highlighted available counseling and mental health services for those affected by the incident, underscoring the college’s commitment to safety and the well-being of its members.