ARC student arrested for threat against school, police say


Former American River College student Kristofer Clark, 21, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Oct. 8 after allegedly making a threat against the college’s main campus, according to police. (Photo courtesy of the Los Rios Police Department)

Matthew Peirson

After allegedly making a threat against American River College to be carried out today, former ARC student Kristofer Wayne Clark, 21, was arrested Thursday night on a felony charge of threats to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury, according to an email sent to students from public information officer Scott Crow.

According to the email, a student alerted a staff member that a verbal threat was made against the main ARC campus. No specific person or group was mentioned, nor on the motive of the threat.

Clark was arrested at approximately 6:10 p.m. at his place of employment and is currently being held on $250,000 bail.

According to ARC President Thomas Greene, Clark was an ARC student as recently as spring 2015 but had no major listed.

ARC student Kyle Joyce, the vice president of the Medieval Fighting Club, said that whoever reported Clark must not have known him well.

“He would never really do it, he just doesn’t think before speaking a lot,” said Joyce. “If he told someone that, he might have been angry, but no threat.

“I stand by this man and his good character.”

Crow said that the counselors are available to speak with “any student or employee who needs assistance.”

Chaplains who work with the police are also available on campus today.

“Sometimes it (the alleged threat) triggers other experiences they’ve had in their life,” said chaplain Theresa Heath.

Greene asked that anyone who has information about Clark to contact the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221.

The Current will update this story as more information becomes available.

Barbara Harvey and John Ferrannini contributed to this report.

Update Oct. 9, 1:11 p.m.: This story has been updated with quotes from ARC student Kyle Joyce to reflect Clark’s current status as a former ARC student.

Update Oct. 9, 1:20 p.m.: This story has been updated to provide information on the chaplains available on the ARC campus. 

Update Oct. 9, 2:36 p.m.: This story has been updated to show that Clark attended ARC most recently in fall 2014, not in spring 2015 as was previously told to the Current.