AUBURN (WGME) – Sheriff's deputies have arrested a young man for threatening to shoot up a local college campus.
Investigators say two people who know the suspect heard the threats and reported them to police.
The Sagadahoc County Sheriff says this was a credible threat, corroborated by two witnesses, who say 23-year-old Darren Lilly told them he planned to "shoot up" the Central Maine Community College campus in Auburn.
“As I understand it was to have been his first year as a student there," Chief Deputy Brett Strout said. "That admission has been revoked."
The college learned of the threat Tuesday morning, along with the arrest of Darren Lilly.
"Obviously we're very concerned about it," CMCC President Scott Knapp said.
The school president notified students, faculty and staff of the threat. He also hired additional police officers to protect the campus.
"I'm addition to that, we have sent an email to all of our staff with the picture of the individual involved,” Knapp said. “So hopefully he does not come onto the campus."
Sheriff's investigators arrested Lilly, who they say was in possession of numerous firearms including a sawed-off shotgun.
"They seized for safe keeping numerous guns from the house," Strout said. "They we're a mixture of handguns, shotguns and rifles."
They also seized two guns from Lilly's car, including a semi-automatic that was found hidden in an instrument case.
Incoming freshman Dillon Knox says the school talked about the threat and school safety Tuesday during freshman orientation.
He says the ones who reported the suspect deserve a lot of credit.
"That's exactly what you got to do,” Knox said. “You got to catch it early so nothing happens."
Darren Lilly is currently out on bail.
CMCC's president says they'll keep additional officers on campus until they're satisfied no threat exists.
Lilly posted $1,000 bail on the condition that he not go to the City of Auburn and not possess any firearms.
He's scheduled to appear in court on the terrorizing charge on September 11.