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SIUE student jailed for making Virginia Tech-like threats

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Olutosin Oduwole is jailed on $1 million bond

By AP/KWMU

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Edwardsville, Ill. – A Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student is accused of threatening to go on a kind of killing rampage similar to the Virginia Tech shootings earlier this year.

Madison County prosecutors charged Olutosin Oduwole Tuesday with attempting to make a terrorist threat. He could face 15 years in prison if convicted and remains jailed.

Court documents show the man wrote a note demanding $50,000 to a Pay-Pal account and threatening violence if the money wasn't deposited. He also recently ordered several semiautomatic weapons.

Investigators say a loaded gun was found in the 22-year-old's apartment, and a gun dealer alerted federal officials because Oduwole appeared anxious and impatient when he ordered four semiautomatic weapons.

Originally from New Jersey, Oduwole's jailed on $1 million dollars bond.

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