A freshman at the University of Alabama decided to jump into the Tide’s rivalry against LSU a little too aggressively, and he could be facing serious legal trouble as a result.
Stephanie Taylor of The Tuscaloosa News reports that 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll was arrested early Sunday morning after he was suspected of calling in a threat to LSU’s Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. The alleged call was placed during LSU’s win over Florida, and Croll is being held without bond and listed as a “fugitive of justice.”
While officials from Alabama and LSU refused to comment on an ongoing investigation, the University of Alabama released the following statement on Monday afternoon:
“We are aware of the arrest of a UA freshman over the weekend. Threats and pranks can have serious ramifications and necessitate an appropriate response. The university and UAPD are cooperating fully with the investigation, but we cannot provide any additional details on a pending matter. UA will follow its student conduct policies and procedures. The LSU community has always been gracious to us, and we regret these events.”
Croll has not yet been charged, but Louisiana State Police describe the “terrorizing law” in the state as “a felony (which) states that people who intentionally communicate information of a crime of violence, which causes the public to be in sustained fear for their safety, causes the evacuation of a building, or other serious disruption to the general public can be arrested and fined up to $15,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 15 years.”
Alabama and LSU have one of the best rivalries in college football, but unfortunately this is not the first time we have seen a fan take things too far. If Croll ends up being charged, it sounds like the consequences will be severe.