Authorities Free Springfield Threat Suspect
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Authorities have freed the Springfield man suspected of making threats that led to the lockdown of two colleges, five public schools and two other buildings.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the man was arrested Wednesday. He was accused of making threatening statements about harming a judge and people at the Springfield Social Security office.
Police also allege he threatened to harm people at an unspecified college campus, leading Evangel University and Ozarks Technical Community College to go on lockdown.
Springfield police spokeswoman Lisa Cox says federal prosecutors declined to file charges. She says Greene County Prosecutor's Office concluded that no state charge specifically addressed the man's actions.
Police are working to have the man held involuntarily at a hospital for 96 hours for mental health treatment.