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Fresno State Player Christian Pryor Arrested Over Alleged Threat

by Cassandra Vinograd /  / Updated 

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A Fresno State freshman football player was arrested over making a terrorist threat, police said Tuesday.

Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta said Christian Pryor, 18, was in custody in relation to a post on Yik Yak, an anonymous social-media application.

Huerta said that police and campus officials had to work quickly once they learned about the message around noon local time. The message talked about violence on campus and contained information on the time it would be carried out, why the individual was "going to do it" and what kind of weapon would be used, Huerta told a press conference.

"We had approximately three hours from the time we received it to the time the threat was going to occur," he added. "Our job was to do everything we could to either stop it, prevent it or give our students, faculty and staff the best opportunity to be safe."

He said that authorities were "quickly" able to track down the IP address of the anonymous poster — along with more information. From that, he said, police were able to find and arrest the suspect within two hours of first learning about the post.

When asked if the threat was credible, Huerta said police considered it "significant" and responded on that basis.

Pryor — who freshman from Los Angeles majoring in business, according to what appeared to be his football bio — was arrested in the Athletic Department offices on campus and taken to Fresno County Jail "on a charge of terrorist threat," according to the school.

The Fresno County District Attorney's office told NBC News that Pryor posted bond and was released early Tuesday. No charges have yet been filed, according to the DA office.

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