Lockdown on Skidmore College Campus

By Jacob Reiskin, Arts Director and Staff Writer This is a developing story.  Check soon for updates.

Suspect is in custody.  Lockdown has been lifted.

 

4:00 PM:The President's office has invited the campus community to an open forum in Gannett Auditorium at 5 p.m. today for an update on the situation and a review of our emergency procedures.  Northwoods is still being searched by a strong police presence.  Students have been asked to stay away from the area.

10:12 AM: Staff and faculty may report to classrooms. Campus Safety requests that everyone keep an eye out for suspicious items that may be evidence

9:57 AM: Classes to resume at 11:15 AM. The Dining Hall is open. Campus Safety requests that students, staff and faculty stay out of North Woods.

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9:18 AM: The Skidmore News has put in a request for a comment from the President's Office.  Awaiting confirmation.

 

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9:04 AM:  Campus is still in lockdown for evidence search with all classes and activities still called off.

8:58 AM: Campus Safety confirms that the suspect is Shane Harding and that he is in custody.

The Saratogian has confirmed that Harding, wanted in Troy for sexual assault has been arrested on the Skidmore College Campus.

Harding, 25, is wanted for allegedly violating parole in connection with an attack described to them by an alleged victim. Harding was declared a Level 3 sex offender after a 2008 conviction in Rensselaer County. Troopers say he may be in possession of a handgun.

Photo of Suspect (Published by The Times Union):

 

TIMES UNION STAFF PHOTO BY SKIP DICKSTEIN

 

Skidmore News reported the last lockdown in 2013

 

8:20: Fire fighting personnel seen leaving Sussman village.  Connection still unknown.

 

8:14 AM: From Skidmore Alert Email:

Suspect in custody on campus - Campus remains closed until police conduct evidence search.

 

8:09 AM: Fire truck has been spotted near the Sussman Apartments.  Connection to lockdown is unknown.

 

8:08 AM: Police appear to be dissipating from Wilson Chapel Area.  Police patrols still circling campus.

 

The Times Union has posted an article on the lockdown with the suspect, Shane Harding, 25 shown.

 

Police have now converged on the perimeter of North Woods, near Wilson Chapel.  No word on any findings.

 

Saratoga Police and State Troopers are patrolling campus in large numbers, with a report that entrances are being blocked.

 

As of 8 am this morning, classes have been canceled and email updates continue to stream to students.

 

At 7:04 an email went out to all students announcing a lockdown on campus, as seen below

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