ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca police have made an arrest in the wake of a mass shooting threat made against Cornell University.

Police stated that they arrested Austin Schiller, 28 years old of Ithaca, around 11 a.m. on Sept. 1 after the threat was reported around 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. There is no known threat currently, police said.

Police said the following regarding the circumstances of the report of the incident: “It was reported that said male disclosed his intention to commit a mass killing of Cornell University students and Ithaca Police officers. The complainant also reported that the male made gestures indicating that he would use a rifle to commit said killings.”

The incident was reported in the 700 block of South Meadow Street, though it’s unclear if that is where the threat was made to the person who told police, or if that’s just where the person was when they called police.

Police claimed that the statement constituted a “serious and imminent threat” and an investigation was started. Police could not find Schiller overnight but eventually located and arrested him Thursday morning.

He was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, and arraigned in Ithaca City Court. Judge Seth Peacock remanded Schiller to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

A request for comment from Cornell University about Schiller’s potential connection to the school has not yet been answered. No alert was published by the school as a result of the threat.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at