COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Authorities from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office spent several hours at North Idaho College after a student made a “veiled threat.”
School officials were concerned 33-year-old Patrick Ryan Budig may try to harm students and faculty. Officials said Budig was upset over a discipline issue, and made a statement to a disability counselor Friday referencing ‘Columbine.’
“He made mention of reading [about] him in the news,” said NIC Spokesman Graydon Stanley.
Patrick Budig was not located Monday. Police said he knows authorities are looking for him.
Budig had a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in Spokane that he did not show for. His attorney showed on his behalf.
Officials think his attorney has been in contact with him.
Budig's attorney has been told Patrick is trespassed from NIC and is not to be back on campus. His attorney stated Patrick would not be back on campus.
Extra patrols were set up on NIC campus.
Because Budig did not make a specific threat, the NIC campus was not locked down Monday, but officers covered all entrances and exits.
NIC sent a mass email to students informing them of the situation Monday evening. Some students think they should have been notified sooner.
“I understand [the school] did not want to tip him off, but you still could have sent out a text message saying ‘please check your email. There is a situation on campus,” said Brandon Clearwaters.
Stanley said all the information NIC received from law enforcement indicated Budig would not come onto campus. They believed he was in Spokane and was not an eminent threat.
Coeur d’Alene Police said Budig is wanted in Washington for 3rd Degree Assault with a Weapon, and he has prior arrests for multiple assaults and intimidating a judge.
Detectives believe Budig lives in Spokane and are working with law enforcement officials there to locate him.
Budig is 5’11, and 180 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about Budig’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.