The 19-year-old who used Yik Yak to send death threats to University of Missouri students has been arrested. Hunter Michael Park, as reported by ABC News, was the name of the man making those threats. Hunter sent threats via the Yik Yak app that threatened to shoot African Americans, and as a result, Park’s mugshot has been released to the public.
As reported by St. Louis Today, Hunter was ordered as having no bond allowed by the judge. Hunter attends the Rolla campus, and the University of Missouri police arrested Park in his dorm room. Cops suspect Hunter made the threats. Park studies computer science and hails from Lake Saint Louis. Although the authorities didn’t want to give the media Hunter’s photo for his safety, a sergeant at the jail released Park’s mugshot to the public.
The YikYak app has been criticized for allowing anonymous threats, but in this instance, Hunter’s threats didn’t escape authorities.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see. Well tomorrow mizzou will really make national news. Don’t go to campus tomorrow.”
The threats attributed to Park against black people, as reported by Gawker, caused some African American students to spend the night away from the University of Missouri campus in fear. Hunter was taken into custody early on Wednesday morning. Park now resides in the Boone County Jail — and cannot post the standard $4,500 bail usually charged for a similar offense.
Park’s YikYak threats were uncovered by the Columbia campus cops, who nabbed Hunter at Thomas Jefferson Residence Hall at 1:50 a.m. Rolla is located in Missouri, approximately 90 miles to the south of the University of Missouri campus.
ABC News reports that news of Hunter’s arrest comes on the heels of reports of KKK members being on the University of Missouri campus, a fact that prompted a lockdown of certain campus buildings. At minimum, two buildings on the campus were placed on lockdown status, including the Black Culture Center — and were later given an all clear.
Park’s arrest comes shortly after Tim Wolfe, the former president of the University of Missouri System, announced his resignation amid all the racial turmoil on campus. Hunter’s mugshot booking photo was given to the press by the Boone County, Missouri, Sheriffs Department.
On the Boone County Jail website, Hunter is listed as a current inmate of Boone County Jail, with his sex listed as male, age listed at 19 years of age, and his race listed as white. Park is from Lake St. Louis, Missouri, reports the Boone County Sheriff’s website.
Reactions to Hunter’s arrest are flowing into social media.
Park’s Facebook photo is listed on Heavy. Hunter has activity on GitHub, as well. Park’s LinkedIn page shows Hunter with 32 connections, and lists his work experience as having an “Internship at National Information Solutions” from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, and an interest in Computer Software. His current position shows Missouri S&T.
On Hackaday, Hunter is listed in a photo that’s the same one from Park’s Facebook page, reportedly, showing Hunter hugging a woman.
“CS Math Undergrad, working on a grant in bio-medical imaging.”
Park’s aspirations are also listed, with Hunter working on a grant in bio-medical imaging.
[Boone County Sheriff’s Department / AP]