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Upstate College Threat Suspect In Custody

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The suspect has been identified as Robert Ivester. The suspect has been identified as Robert Ivester.
Cynthia Michelle Hammett also turned herself in at the same time as Ivester. Cynthia Michelle Hammett also turned herself in at the same time as Ivester.
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Updated: May 3, 2013

The man accused of making a threat to area colleges has turned himself in, according to authorities.

Officials in Oconee County tell 7 On Your Side 23-year-old Robert Ivester, along with a female, gave themselves up late Friday morning.

Investigators say Ivester threatened to "kill himself and other people, as well as going to a college campus and causing death."

Authorities notified Upstate schools.  Some schools, like Clemson, issued campus-wide alerts, due to the threats.

"We just felt, out of an abundance of caution, we needed to notify the community," says Clemson campus police chief Johnson Link.

Link says the threat involving Ivester was an "unusual" case, but one that warranted a campus-wide warning.  He says because Clemson is such a large campus, securing the entire university is a challenge.  "When you have an open campus, you know gated communities and gated colleges are great, but if you have any type of incident on this campus, our best strategy is to communicate it to the folks that are here and tell them what to do."

Campus police put out posters with Ivester's picture, along with sending emails and text alerts to students.  Student Lauren McGreevy says that the threat, which fell at the end of final exam week, was an added stress.  "It's already been stressful with exams, so the threat of someone wanting to harm you is a little bit scary," McGreevy says.

Ivester had warrants out for forgery in Oconee County.  He was also wanted by the state probation and parole officials.

All alerts for Ivester have been canceled.

Cynthia Michelle Hammett also turned herself in at the same time as Ivester.  Deputies say she had warrants as well.

Posted: May 2, 2013

A campus-wide alert has been issued at Clemson University, as well as other Upstate schools Thursday due to a threat.

Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link tells 7 On Your Side the school was notified by state investigators about a man who has made threats against the university, as well as against staff and students.

The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Robert Ivester.  Ivester is from Oconee County.

He is described as being 5'11" tall and weighing 150 pounds.

According to the alert on Clemson's website, Ivester made threats to "kill himself and other people, as well as going to a college campus and causing death."

"I'm a  little scared," Clemson student Cory Thomas said. "I haven't seen anything like this before"

Deputies in Oconee County say Ivester is wanted on two outstanding warrants.  One is from the county for forgery.  The other is from the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon.  He also has a lengthy criminal record.

Investigators also notified other campuses in the area of the threats.  Officials at Southern Wesleyan University and Anderson University say they have also issued alerts to students and faculty.

"I don't think I have ever heard of this happening," said Clemson student Ben Wilkin.  Classmate Amy Rowley echoed those remarks.

"You just don't know what people are capable of, and I don't want to be in that kind of situation," Rowley said. 

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Ivester, authorities ask that you call 911.

Keep checking back for the latest updates as we gather more information.

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