SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas – FOX 24 says police are now releasing information on how a mass shooting may have been prevented.
Police began their investigation on student, John Brown University student Timothy Constantin on Tuesday, November 14th.
Police arrested Constantin on November 21 for having multiple weapons in his dorm room. They said Constantin’s friends were concerned about him after finding a suicide note in his dorm.
Official John Brown University Statement Regarding Student Arrest (Revised Link) – https://t.co/FUjICKpFI6
— JohnBrownUniversity (@JohnBrownUniv) November 21, 2017
Police said they are thankful for the students who came forward.
Lesli Reyes is a JBU Grad. She said, “I’m glad that someone heard about his thoughts.”
Reyes said during her time at John Brown University, the thought of a mass shooting occurring did cross her mind., the report explained/
She’s thankful that students recognized the problem before it got worse.
“It did become a concern for me just because it was happening you know everywhere,” said Reyes.
On November 14, police entered Timothy Constantin’s room and located a grey tote with firearms inside.
Lt. Derek Spicer with Siloam Springs Police said, “Any kind of weapon can do untold amounts of damage just depending on you know the ability of the person trying to hurt people.”
An AK-47 rifle, ammunition, numerous knives and a machete were also located in the dorm, police say.
Lt. Spicer said, “This individual could have done a lot of damage had those students at JBU not stepped forward.”
Part of the note Constantin note read in part “The maniacal side of my brain. He’s a fun little guy, and by that I mean he genuinely hates and actively wants to murder every single human I come across,” FOX 24 reported.
“Anytime someone feels like something isn’t right with someone or they believe someone’s going to hurt themselves or others, just tell somebody,” said Lt. Spicer.
The report also shows Constantin admitted to taking explosives into the forest off campus to use them.
“He had made reference to committing a mass shooting or mass bombing. And he later mentioned that if he did it he would use explosives,” said Lt. Spicer.
His note goes on to say ” I have far too much knowledge about guns and bombs for my mentality. Especially considering how much I tend to plan things out. I would likely construct some heavy duty explosives to set off in a crowd if I did a terror attack. Like some of the ones ISIS uses, just modified to my tastes.”
Siloam springs police said they are thankful the students recognized the severity of the situation. Lt. Spicer said, “You know you don’t always have to wear a badge and gun to make an impact on someone’s safety.”
Police said especially this time of year it is so important to take care of your mental health and recognize when those around you are in need of help.
Constantin’s bond hearing is set for Thursday, November 23rd.
A day after the arrest of a John Brown University student, police are speaking for the first time.