A Broome County Sheriff’s van leaves U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. Patrick Dai, a 21-year-old Cornell University student accused of posting threats online to shoot and stab Jewish people on the campus, waived his right to a bail hearing during his first appearance in federal court Wednesday. The judge ordered him to remain in Broome County jail, where he has been since he was arrested. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)The mother of Patrick Dai, center, leaves the U.S.
Dai, 21, waived his right to a bail hearing during his initial court appearance in Syracuse. He also was assigned a federal public defender, Gabrielle DiBella. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 15, according to federal officials.
Dai’s mother attended the court appearance and did not comment afterward, according to media reports.The threatening comments were left on a website about fraternities and sororities that is not affiliated with Cornell and prompted police to increase security for Jewish students. headtopics.com
One post included threats to stab and slit the throats of Jewish males and to bring a rifle to campus and shoot Jews. Another post was titled “gonna shoot up 104 west,” a university dining hall that caters to kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center, according to the complaint.Cornell also announced that Friday will be a “community day.” No classes will be held, and faculty and nonessential staff will be excused from work.