A 20-year-old Raymond man is charged with two counts of felony cyberstalking for allegedly threatening Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers via social media, officials said today.
Jhamerius Darshawn Mack of Raymond, who investigators say is not a JSU student, is jailed at the Hinds County Detention Center at Raymond, JSU spokesman Eric Stringfellow said today. He confirmed that the threats were made against Meyers, named JSU’s first female chief in December 2010.
JSU’s Department of Public Safety said today that Mack’s arrest March 5 stemmed “from tips received about threatening statements posted on social media sites.” JSU officials said in a news release that the FBI, Hinds County District Attorney’s office and the Mississippi Attorney General’s office assisted with the investigation.
The threat was “bodily harm via a Facebook post,” Stringfellow said.
Mack’s Facebook page says that he is a 2013 pre-dentistry graduate of Hinds Community College. The last postings on the page are for March 4, the day before his arrest.
Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride said his agency is familiar with the JSU investigation, and that charges against Mack will be brought by prosecutors for consideration before a Hinds County grand jury..
In a news release, JSU Department of Public Safety officials would not release additional details citing the ongoing investigation.
Stringfellow said that security at the Administrative Tower on campus, which houses Meyers’ office, had been upgraded before the Christmas holidays, but that it had nothing to do with threats against her.
“Everyone must sign in,” he said. “It’s just a change in policy. There is a security guard assigned to the building, and he is stationed there.”