Weapons arrest at East Campus Housing unnerves CSUMB students

On February 10, 2021, a former student from the US state of California was arrested in Monterey Bay for a crime involving weapons. CSUMB campus police did not release any details and no warning was sent to students or staff, resulting in rumors and a town hall on March 5, 2021. While at town hall, campus police chief Earl Lawson explained how the arrest came about and answered questions from the community. Lawson said campus police were helping the Monterey County sheriff’s office deliver an eviction notice to former student Thomas Shefflette in East Campus Housing when they found illegal weapons in his moving truck. After the search, house officials discovered a loaded 9mm pistol, AR-15 rifle parts, and tools for assembling a so-called ghost pistol or firearm, made from parts from individual sources that cannot be tracked. During the town hall, Lawson explained what else was found in the apartment and whether the suspect had links to extremist groups “He had a swastika and somewhere in the apartment and although I didn’t see it there was a photo of Adolph Hitler, officers have and continue to conduct a thorough investigation and we have no evidence that the resident – or former resident – has any affiliation with any hate group, “Lawson said. University President Eduardo Ochoa also attended the virtual meeting and informed the students and faculty that no warning had been sent to rule out the arrest because Shefflette was not seen as an imminent threat to those on campus: “To at that point it was judged whether a clear and timely warning was required and not because there was in fact no persistent threat. ” Ochoa said, Ochoa said he had been briefed on the ongoing arrest and the investigation followed protocol. The former student and resident is now on bail and from March 5, 2021, the campus police meeting has been working to secure a stay – a way to keep Shefflette off campus. However, Lawson said the man was not planning any campus attacks. “No evidence of intent to harm parishioners has been found. The motivation for owning the weapons and parts of the ghost weapons appears to be a financial gain.” “Lawson said. At the time of the arrest, the sheriff’s office called his bombing squad when chemicals and wires were found in the house, but after investigation it was found that there were no bombs or bomb-making materials on site.

On February 10, 2021, a former student from the US state of California was arrested in Monterey Bay for a crime involving weapons. The CSUMB campus police did not reveal any details and no warning was sent to students or staff, resulting in rumors and a town hall on March 5, 2021.

While at town hall, Campus Police Commissioner Earl Lawson explained how the arrest was made and answered questions from the community. According to Lawson, campus police helped the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office deliver an eviction notice to former student Thomas Shefflette at East Campus Housing when they found illegal weapons in his moving truck.

After the search, home officials discovered a loaded 9mm pistol, AR-15 rifle parts, and tools to assemble a so-called ghost weapon, or a firearm made from custom-made parts that cannot be tracked.

While at town hall, Lawson explained what else was found in the apartment and whether the suspect had any links to extremist groups.

“He had a swastika and somewhere in the apartment and although I didn’t see it there was a photo of Adolph Hitler, officials are and are still conducting a thorough investigation and we have no evidence that the resident – or the former.” Resident – has an affiliation with hate groups, “Lawson said.

The university’s president, Eduardo Ochoa, also attended the virtual meeting, informing students and faculty that no warning about the arrest had been sent as Shefflette was not seen as an imminent threat to those on campus.

“At that point, a check was made to see if a clear and timely warning was needed and not because there was in fact no ongoing threat,” Ochoa said.

Ochoa said he was informed of the ongoing arrest and that the investigation followed protocol.

The former student and resident is now on bail, and as of March 5, 2021, the campus police meeting was working to obtain a no-go order to keep Shefflette off campus. However, Lawson said the man was not planning any campus attacks.

“No evidence of intent to harm parishioners has been found. The motivation for owning the guns and ghost weapon parts appears to be a financial gain,” Lawson said.

At the time of the arrest, the sheriff’s office called his bombing squad when chemicals and wires were found in the apartment, but after investigation it was determined that there were no bombs or bomb-making materials on site.

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