Bucks County Man Charged After Making Terroristic Threats Against Philadelphia’s Temple University
A 29-year-old man from Morrisville, Bucks County has been arrested for reportedly making terroristic threats against Philadelphia’s Temple University. Police say the man revealed his plans in a conversation with a customer at a local Walmart store when he was buying several boxes of ammunition last week.
The Bucks County Prosecutor’s office announced on Saturday that Patrick Buhler, 29, of Morrisville, was arraigned Saturday after threatening Temple University and the college’s police department.
They say that Buhler bought five boxes ammunition at the Walmart in Tullytown on July 31. While in the store, he asked another customer about the security at Temple University (and specifically about their campus police department).
Buhler went on to tell the customer that they would “see him on the news soon.” An employee witnessed the conversation, and the complaint goes onto says that Buhler announced he was purchasing the boxes of .223 ammunition because he knew the campus police wore body armor.
When questioned by police on Thursday, Buhler said he did not know what he was thinking when he told the customer that “violent things” would happen.”
Police say that the man also purchased additional ammunition, knives and small-cylinder propane bottles from other area Walmart stores. He has been charged with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and harassment.
The case was investigated by the Tullytown Borough Police Department and has been assigned to the office of Bucks County’s District Attorney.
The suspect is being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail which has been set at 10% of $100,000. It is not clear if the suspect has obtained an attorney at this time, according to a report from Philadelphia's NBC10.
The news of Buhler's arrest, of course, comes on the same weekend that 29 people were killed between two mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, TX and in the entertainment district of Dayton, OH.