- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2003

The FBI yesterday arrested a former University of Maryland student near his home in Pittsburgh on charges he threatened to shoot up a campus building.

Jeffrey Wilinski, 40, faces two federal charges for sending a letter Oct. 8 to his former Rockville attorney in which he discussed “blowing some brains out” at the university’s A.V. Williams building, which houses the computer science department.

The FBI found at least 30 guns and a “large” box of ammunition at Mr. Wilinski’s residence in Pittsburgh, according to Jeff Killeen, a special agent in the Pittsburgh field office.

“Now I want to start pulling the trigger,” Mr. Wilinski wrote to attorney John Bell, according to the affidavit. “When I think about the dead bodies sprawling all over the halls at A.V. Williams, it makes me salivate.”

Mr. Wilinski appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh yesterday. He will have a hearing Monday to determine whether he will be extradited to Maryland.

Mr. Wilinksi told a University of Maryland police officer who contacted him that he was a “mean man” who believed the university was using satellites to photograph him and his mother. He told the officer that satellite monitoring was like being hit by a stick all day, and “he wanted it stopped or he would come to College Park to stop it,” the affidavit states.

Reached at her home in Pittsburgh, Mr. Wilinski’s mother, Ruth, said her son had “emotional problems,” but didn’t elaborate.

The university restricted access to A.V. Williams on Oct. 9 and posted officers at the entrances, according to campus police Maj. Paul Dillon. The step was described as precautionary. Police did not think there was an imminent danger, he said. Police stopped guarding the building yesterday.

Mr. Wilinksi graduated in 2001 with a degree in engineering, according to university spokesman George Cathcart. He enrolled as a graduate student in the spring of 2002 but withdrew that fall.

The affidavit stated that Mr. Wilinski was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling by a Montgomery County judge after being convicted of second-degree assault in 1998. He was given a five-year prison sentence and five years of probation, but the judge suspended all but one day of his prison time.

In 2000, a judge ordered Mr. Wilinski to remain under the care of a psychiatrist and said he could not go off medication without medical authorization. The affidavit did not identify the condition for which he was taking medication.

Police later found Mr. Wilinksi legally owned 15 guns, worth $12,000, including two .223-caliber AR-15 Bushmaster rifles and a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol. Mr. Killeen said the FBI found many more weapons during a search of Mr. Wilinski’s mother’s home yesterday.

“He had a significant arsenal for one person,” Mr. Killeen said.

The university has two outstanding warrants against Mr. Wilinksi for harassing faculty and staff with e-mails in July. Police did not think those e-mails posed any immediate threat.

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