USM student involved in standoff makes first court appearance

6:20 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
USM Student arrested after standoff at frat house
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(NECN) -- A Maine college student from Winchester, Massachusetts made his first appearance in court today to face charges he threatened his fellow fraternity members with a gun and caused a four hour police stand-off.

On Wednesday, he was simply a junior at the University of Southern Maine studying Business Marketing. Now, Alan Michael Santos is also an accused criminal, facing several serious charges that he threatened fellow students and caused a police stand-off.

Police say on Wednesday night Santos was at the Sigma Nu house, an off campus fraternity near the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus. They allege he had a gun and threatened fellow students. Police were called, students evacuated the house but Santos was still inside with a weapon.

The area around the house was shut down while negotiators tried to get Santos to surrender. He finally did. No one was injured and the University says its emergency procedures worked well.

Bob Caswell the Spokesman for USM says "an institution needs to be as prepared as you can be because unfortunately something like this can happen anytime, any place."

Police say they found two handguns in Santos' room. Even if he was licensed to have them, the national chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity says it's a violation of their policy to have guns in the house.

The University says Santos has no record of any
discipline problems and police say he has no criminal record. His future as a student is uncertain. "We'll take firm and decisive action to protect the safety of our students and campus."

At his court appearance, his attorney told the judge while there was a firearm involved, Santos never made any verbal or physical threats against anyone in the house. Santos' family was in the courtroom but left quickly without speaking. The judge set bail at 10 thousand dollars with a long list of conditions.

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