The case against a Miami University student who allegedly made a “hit list” and threatened to kill his fraternity brothers and burn down the fraternity house has been continued until next month.
Cameron Wallace, 21, a 2017 Springboro High School graduate, was charged Wednesday with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly made threats last week. Accompanied by his attorney, Michael D’Amico of Springboro, Wallace appeared for his arraignment Thursday morning in Butler County Area I Court.
Judge Robert Lyons continued the case until June 6. D’Amico declined comment.
The judge told Wallace to stay away from those involved and to have no contact with members of his former fraternity, Sigma Alpha Phi.
Three Sigma Alpha Phi members went to the Oxford Police Department on Saturday and told an officer that on April 20, when Wallace was still a member of the fraternity, he had threatened to kill another member after kicking and choking him, according to an Oxford police report.
One fraternity member told police he was on the list because he is president of the fraternity. The witnesses told police that Wallace made threats of revenge against the fraternity if he was kicked out and he made allegations to the university about sexual assaults and hazing, the report read.
The fraternity members said Wallace’s behavior was “concerning” over the semester, and while he didn’t live in the fraternity house at 219 E. Church St., he did know the code to enter the house.
Wallace then allegedly sent text messages saying he had created a “hit list” of members he doesn’t like and threatened to burn the house.
Lt. Lara Fening from the Oxford Police Department said the “substance of the threats was alarming” and she was “impressed” three members of the fraternity contacted police and made statements.
Sometimes, she said, because of peer pressure, people are reluctant to come forward. She said college students, because of their age, have been “conditioned through society” to report potentially dangerous situations.
“They thought it was shocking enough to not blow it off,” Fening said.
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