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UHart freshman arrested after 'shootout' threats on social media: Warrant

18-year-old Tennumn Enkhbat was arraigned Monday at Hartford Superior Court on a first-degree threatening charge

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Tennumn Enkhbat was just five months into his time as an undergraduate at the University of Hartford Sunday night when Hartford Police entered his dorm with a warrant for his arrest.

“I got glocks on deck!”

“We bouta have a shootout.” 

“Who finna die. Come to Stowe.”

According to the warrant for his arrest, fellow students were concerned for their safety at Stowe, an on-campus dorm referenced in the messages, and flagged the above comments for campus police after reading them on the social media app Yik Yak. 

Yik Yak is a decade-old social media app relaunched in 2021 that allows users to have discussions with people in a five-mile radius. Within an hour of its request, the app led police straight to campus. But police found no semi-automatic weapons and 18-year-old Enkhbat told police it was all a joke.

“There was some joking nature involved. However, we’re going to treat it all the same. It’s not going to be tolerated. The school will say the same thing. There’s a zero tolerance for language like that," said Sgt. Chris Mastroianni of Hartford Police.

The University of Hartford said a student was arrested and banned from campus after "concerning" posts were made to social media.

In a written statement, a spokesperson for the University of Hartford said in part, “The student has been arrested without incident and has been banned from campus pending conduct proceedings. We take these actions and concerns seriously.”

Officials in Hartford Superior Court echoed the same sentiments Monday when Enkhbat was arranged on a first-degree threatening charge, a felony.

"A shootout that there were glocks on deck. There were other students who saw this on campus. They were alarmed. They were concerned for their safety," the judge said before setting bail for Enkhbat at $150 thousand dollars.

The first-year student is from Culpeper, Virginia by way of Mongolia and has no prior record. 

"He’s just a normal 18-year-old young man, he’s living on his own probably for the first time in his life and sometimes we make mistakes. He has no intention of hurting anybody," an attorney said in his defense Monday.

According to University of Hartford officials, the university's Department of Public Safety was made aware of the anonymous, concerning posts that were made Sunday night.

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