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Illinois man arrested on terrorism charge after alleged threat to Iowa college, causing campus lockdown

DUBUQUE – An Illinois man was arrested this week on a terrorism charge after an alleged threat to an Iowa college, causing the campus to be locked down.

On August 7, 2022, at approximately 10:34 PM, the Dubuque County Emergency Communication Center received reports of a threat of violence that was posted on social media and directed at Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Dr. Dubuque Police and Clarke University officials began investigating the threat and found it was posted by a former student. Clarke University officials locked down their facilities out of an abundance of caution while Dubuque Police continued to investigate the incident and obtained a warrant for the former student’s arrest.

The suspect in this case was identified as, Rashaud Colbert, 23, with no known address. Colbert was located in Darien, IL, and was arrested by the Darien Police Department on a warrant charging Threat of Terrorism.

Threat of Terrorism is a Class “D” Felony. Class “D” Felonies are punishable by confinement for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500.

Normal operations and activities have resumed at Clarke University.

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