Riverside Man Charged With Making Terrorist Threats Against UCR Campus

May 14, 2019

   RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 24-year-old man accused of threatening to carry
out a shooting at UC Riverside was charged Tuesday with making terrorist threats.
   Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge of Riverside was arrested in the predawn
hours last Friday following an investigation by UCR police, who allege he made
the threat via Snapchat on Thursday night. The posting read, ``I'm shooting up
UC Riverside tomorrow. 1st Black school shooter going down in History.''
   Investigators used the social media post to identify and locate the
defendant, who was taken into custody without incident about 2 a.m. at a
residence on Newell Drive, which is less than a mile east of the main campus.
   It was unclear what might have prompted the defendant, who is not a
student at the university, to allegedly make the threat.
   No classes were postponed or canceled as a result, according to UCR.
   Wooldridge was booked on suspicion of making threats and authorities
later added misdemeanor allegations, including presenting false identification
to a peace officer. But the Riverside County District Attorney's Office charged
him with only the single felony count.
   The defendant, who has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor
convictions in Riverside County, is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the
Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.