- The 21-year-old junior at Cornell University, Patrick Dai is a native of Pittsford, New York.
- A federal criminal complaint accusing him of using interstate communications to publish threats to murder or harm another person led to his arrest today.
- Carla B. Freedman, the United States Attorney, delivered the statement.
Today, a federal criminal complaint was filed, leading to the arrest of Cornell University junior Patrick Dai, age 21.
Who is Patrick Dai?
Dai, a Pittsford, New York native, is accused of using interstate communications to threaten or murder other people. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Alfred Watson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albany Field Office, Dominick L. Chiumento, Acting Superintendent of the New York State Police, and Anthony Bellamy, Chief of the Cornell University Police, all made announcements about this development.
According to the lawsuit, Dai made threatening posts on an online discussion forum’s Cornell section. Calls for the damage and murder of Jews were featured in these postings. “Going to shoot up 104 west” was noted in one especially unsettling message. 104 West is a dining hall that predominantly serves Kosher diets and is located near to the Cornell Jewish Center, which offers lodging for Cornell students, according to information from the Cornell University Police and other publicly accessible sources. Dai also promised to carry out horrifying acts of violence against Jewish women and infants, as well as to “stab” and “slit the throat” of Jewish men on campus. He also threatened to attack Jews on campus by bringing an assault gun. It’s important to remember that the defendant is presumed innocent until and until they are proved guilty, and that the claims and charges in the complaint are just accusations.
Dai faces a potential sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars, and a possible three-year period of supervised release for this crime. A court will decide the defendant’s exact punishment after taking into account the relevant legislation, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other pertinent considerations.
Dai is expected to appear in federal court in Syracuse, New York, on his first day of appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of the FBI, along with the New York State Police, Cornell University Police Department, and Ithaca Police Department, is spearheading the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Section in collaboration with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.