Man who allegedly caused a campus-wide lockdown at UMass to be arraigned Monday

The 19-year-old will be arraigned at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown

William McKeown
William McKeown Photo courtesy: Framingham Police Department

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The man allegedly responsible for causing a campus-wide lockdown at UMass Thursday night is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

A 19-year-old man allegedly assaulted a student on campus Thursday night.

The man turned himself into Framingham Police on Friday, and is now facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Framingham Police Lt. Stephen Cronin told 22News William McKeown is being charged with armed robbery, assault, and assault with a deadly weapon in connection to an armed assault that caused a campus-wide lockdown Thursday night.

UMass students were ordered to shelter-in-place following reports of a hostile man with a gun inside the Pierpont Hall dormitory.

UMass police announced on Friday they issued a warrant out for the arrest of their primary suspect.

They didn’t mention the suspect by name, but said he wasn’t a UMass student, or from Amherst area.

Lt. Cronin said Framingham Police had notified UMass Police about McKeown Thursday night following the search of two properties in Framingham.

McKeown surrendered to police the following day. The 19-year-old will be arraigned at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Monday.

Police are still looking for a second suspect.

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