Finals week at the University of Nebraska at Omaha almost took a turn for the worse when an angry student threatened to attack another student with a knife on the campus library on Wednesday. However, he was disarmed and restrained by fellow students before he could follow up on his threats.
No injuries were reported.
Omaha police arrested Leo Labogen on Wednesday. WOWT reports that Labogen is 20 years old and was charged with felony assault. According to Omaha.com, however, Labogen is 21 years old and was booked on suspicion of attempted felony assault and three counts of carrying a concealed weapon. On Thursday, the news site reports, it was announced that Labogen will be charged with making terroristic threats. If he's convicted, he could face five years in prison.
The situation began on Wednesday morning when Labogen was reportedly talking on his cellphone in the library, disrupting other students. Student Brandon Valle, 30, asked Labogen to take his call outside. An argument then ensued between the two which resulted in Labogen pulling out his pocket knife and threatening Valle.
Valle then allegedly grabbed Labogen's wrist and took him to the ground. Another student, Micah Peterson, came to Valle's aid and disarmed Labogen. Labogen then pulled out another pocketknife, and also had that taken from him by a different witness.
Valle, an Army veteran originally from Fort Worth, Texas, told reporters that he used his military training in order to deal with the situation.
“I knew it was a threat and this person had crossed a line,” Valle told WOWT. “So it was time to do something about it.”
“We had to wrestle him,” said Peterson, an Omaha native and aviation student. “We did the best that we could.”
The three held Labogen down until campus police arrived. Authorities discovered a third knife on Labogen’s person during a search.
Valle is now being called a hero by his community and the students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Student Jennifer McDanal was studying in the library at the time of the incident. She told WOWT, “Knowing there are people on campus who are ready to help out and do what’s necessary to keep people safe is a relief.”
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