Former UE Student Arrested, Faces Deportation After Alleged Threats

A recently expelled student at the University of Evansville has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at his apartment complex near campus. Evansville police detectives and FBI agents arrested Hassan Mohammad Ali Alhashim on two counts of intimidation charges on Sunday afternoon. According to police, Alhashim is now in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security who will begin the process of deportation.

According to the probable cause affidavit, concerned neighbors and residents of Alhashim's apartment complex in the 500 block of Lincoln Park Dr. told authorities that Alhashim was making threats to kill people at the complex. Alhashim was also telling people that they better make peace with their god, according to the affidavit. Detectives also learned that Alhashim had not slept in days and had been smoking a lot of marijuana, the affidavit states.

During the course of the investigation, detectives also reported learning that Alhashim had left a rambling, cryptic but incoherent trail of Facebook posts that caused some concern. Detectives also learned that Alhashim, who was recently expelled from UE, had been barred from both the UE and USI campuses for making threats, the affidavit stated. After his arrest, Alhashim also allegedly threatened to kill the two arresting officers while en route to the jail.

The reason why Alhashim was allegedly making the threats still remains unknown, police said.

"What his motivation was for the comments or what prompted them or any other information or group that may have inspired him to make those comments, we don't have anything that gives us a clearer picture on any of that," said Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum. "Part of the process with our criminal investigation was to work with Homeland Security and the decision was made earlier [Monday] to go ahead and start the deportation process."

According to Alhashim's Facebook page, he was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Evansville. The former student is originally from Saudi Arabia, according to his Facebook page.

Less than 24 hours after his arrest, prosecutors moved to dismiss the two counts of intimidation because Alhashim was in violation of his student visa and federal officials have placed an immigration hold on the defendant. This was done for purposes of removing Alhashim from the country, court records state. Federal and local law enforcement sources tell Eyewitness News that there are no indications Alhashim was part of any sort of terror group. It's also unclear what Alhashim's alleged threats entailed.

Charles Gish, a neighbor who lives in a nearby building, said Alhashim's arrest was both surprising and concerning.

"I thought he was real friendly. He would wave at me and holler at me when he'd see me out," Gish said. "It concerns me but I know the ladies that live in the apartment building. I'm really good friends with them and care about them. I don't know what to think about him now."

Sgt. Cullum said the quick moving investigation that ultimately led to Alhashim's arrest is a testament to cooperation and communication between the department, the two universities and the concerned neighbors.

"I think people are really starting to understand that now. The mantra of 'see something, say something,' is starting to set in with people even if its localized stuff here in Evansville," Sgt. Cullum said.

 


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