Tuscaloosa, AL – A University of Alabama freshman called in a bomb threat to Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Tiger Stadium on Saturday night in an effort to stop a football game so his friend wouldn’t lose a bet.
A police affidavit showed that investigators were able to quickly identify the source of the threat and brought 19-year-old Connor Croll in for questioning on Sunday, WBRZ reported.
Police said Cross admitted to calling in the bomb threat and explained that he was trying to stop the game between LSU and University of Florida because “his friend was on the verge of losing a large bet.”
The game was not stopped and LSU beat University of Florida 42-28, WBRZ reported.
”While LSU cannot discuss specific security measures, it is important for the general public to know that LSU Police and officials, along with federal and local law enforcement agencies on location, have protocol in place to respond immediately and appropriately to real and perceived threats at Tiger Stadium and all campus facilities,” LSU said in a statement after the incident.
“In this case, protocol was followed efficiently and effectively to quickly ascertain the source of the threat," the university continued. "That protocol including an immediate sweep of the stadium and a multi-agency investigation, which led to the suspect being identified within minutes and arrested soon thereafter.”
Cross, who is from Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by campus police in Alabama on Sunday morning where he was listed as a “fugitive from justice.”
The University of Alabama cooperated fully with authorities in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect, TMZ reported.
"Threats and pranks can have serious ramifications and necessitate an appropriate response,” a University of Alabama spokesman said.
Cross was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday and was initially charged with making a false bomb threat on school property, WBRZ reported.
He was being held in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
According to Louisiana State Police, the terrorizing law in Louisiana is a felony and Croll could face up to a $15,000 fine and/or up to 15 years in prison, according to The Tuscaloosa News.