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Ex-student arrested in UC Riverside threats

Police believe he is behind the homemade firebombs that postponed graduation.

June 17, 2007|Cara Mia DiMassa | Times Staff Writer

A former UC Riverside student was arrested Saturday in connection with a series of on-campus incidents -- including the discovery of two homemade firebombs -- that led to the cancellation of Friday evening's graduation ceremony, authorities said.

University police arrested Audley Yung, 22, originally from Richmond, Calif., at his off-campus apartment. They said they believed he was responsible for the firebombs, sending officials threatening letters and setting a palm tree on fire.

Yung was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of possessing a destructive device, and of committing arson and making terrorist threats. Bail was set at $25,000.

Officials said they were still investigating, but that they believed Yung acted alone. They said their arrest was based on physical evidence and statements by Yung.

Yung, who entered the university as a biological sciences major and later switched his major to undeclared in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, attended UC Riverside in 2002 and 2003, authorities said, and took summer session courses there in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is not enrolled for the upcoming summer session.

The university resumed its commencement ceremonies Saturday under heightened security. Officials said Friday night's commencement on the campus has been rescheduled for Monday at 9 a.m., with tickets for the Friday event being accepted then.

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cara.dimassa@latimes.com

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