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A Marywood student in the physician assistant program is facing terroristic threats charges.

Scranton police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Osterstrom of Taylor on campus Wednesday.

A student reported text messages Osterstrom sent that made threats toward another student and indicated “homicidal ideations,” according to police.

“We’re grateful that the student was able to step up and tell somebody about this,” Scranton Police Captain Dennis Lukasewicz said.

Dean of Students Ross Novak informed students of the incident in an email today.

“Although it was determined at that time that the student posed no imminent threat to campus safety, subsequent information was uncovered that led to his arrest,” Novak’s email said.

Osterstrom was held in Lackawanna County Prison on $60,000 bail. He subsequently made bail and was released.

In the wake of his release, the university has taken actions to prevent him from returning to campus, according to Novak’s email.

According to the email, questions or concerns can be directed to either Novak, Campus Safety, the Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) or Human Resources.

Osterstrom’s preliminary hearing will be Wednesday, March 28 at 10:15 a.m.

Rachel Looker contributed to this report.

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