Police: Man said he’d shoot people at football game

MANSFIELD – Michael J. Kobrick, 53, of Jermyn, was charged by university police after he allegedly threatened to shoot people playing or attending a football game at the university Sept. 14.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office, Kobrick was charged with multiple counts of making terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct after he allegedly made threatening comments about what he intended to do at the football game to three people.

Police said he also made a call to the university police at about 8 p.m. and made a series of verbal threats involving the in-progress football game at Van Norman Field, including “no one cares, now I’m going to shoot someone at the game,” and repeated threats of a similar nature to the dispatcher, and told her he was at a “high location above the field with a 30.06 rifle and that he would take out an official or player if they didn’t evacuate the field immediately.”

The stadium had more than 6,000 spectators in it at the time, prompting a substantial police response, police said.

Kobrick was jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail and his Sept. 18 preliminary hearing was continued to Sept. 25.