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Woman arraigned after threats on WCCCD campus

Oralandar Brand-Williams

Detroit — A woman who allegedly made threats at the downtown campus of the Wayne County Community College District and was later found with a loaded handgun was arraigned Tuesday on terrorism and other charges in connection with the incident last week.

Surrayyah Ansari was arraigned via video on false report of terrorism/terroristic threats, a 20-year felony, and several weapon-related charges before 36th District Court Magistrate Renee McDuffee. Bond was set at $100,000 cash. Ansari’s next court date is Aug. 4 before Judge Michael Wagner.

Authorities say Ansari, 43, of Detroit, was arrested Friday after allegedly making a violent threat while trying to sign her son up for classes at the school. College officials say the woman became angry after her son was asked to return Monday to finish enrolling. The woman allegedly said “I’m gonna blow this b---- up” in front of school officials who immediately notified campus security.

Ansari was tracked down on campus shortly after the alleged threat and searched. Officers reported finding on the woman a loaded .25-caliber pistol, which had been reported stolen out of San Jose, California, pepper spray and a pocket knife.

No injuries occurred as a result of the incident, said officials with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

“We approach all threats with a heightened sense of urgency because we can not predict when someone will turn what may be a routine activity into a tragedy,” Sheriff Benny Napoleon said. “This individual came to campus with a loaded gun and a knife, uttered a credible threat overheard by several people and our officers took immediate action.

“Given the nature of the outburst we are extremely grateful to have intervened before innocent individuals were harmed.”

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