Carl Pelton

The man whose actions prompted a lockdown at Wells College last week has been accused of assault and reckless endangerment, Baltimore law enforcement have reported.

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Carl Pelton has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony, according to Channel 9 WSYR Syracuse.

Wells College was locked down on Thursday — with classes canceled and students told to stay in their rooms — after authorities learned that Pelton was traveling from Maryland to the Cayuga County college.

Carl Pelton

Law enforcement officials say that Pelton “pushed his fist into the stomach of a child and threatened to kill the child and the whole family,” according to WSYR. He was arrested by the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office.

A radio outlet in Rochester adds that Pelton is “the founder and CEO of Our Heroes Network, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans, first responders and others with ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and other disorders.”

Pelton was released from jail on Saturday.

As previously reported by the Ithaca Voice, Wells College notified people of the school’s closure via an emergency alert system and email. A school spokesperson said officials were also able to walk through the college and ensure no people were left behind in any classroom or office.

“We actually walked from building to building and from office to office,” said Ann Rollo, vice president for communications and college relations.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.