Patrick Arbelo, the student who held more than 20 people hostage in Canisius Hall Feb. 12, is planning on pleading insanity according to papers filed May 2.

According to a story published in the Connecticut Post Friday, May 3, Arbelo’s lawyer plans to argue that he was suffering from a mental disease or defect and that he was under extreme emotional disturbance at the time the hostages were taken.

In related news, Arbelo’s bond reduction hearing, which would allow a hearing that could reduce the current $1 million bond on Arbelo, has been postponed until at least May 24. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 8.

According to a Connecticut Post article to be published Thursday, Arbelo’s lawyer said that he did not receive and review his client’s full psychiatric examination results by the trial date.

Arbelo held a class taught by professor Elizabeth Dreyer hostage around 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

He walked in with a cardboard box wrapped in duct tape and which had exposed wires, and claimed he had a bomb.

Arbelo wanted an anti-Semitic story to be read over a New York television station, a demand that was ultimately not met.

Arbelo graduated from Fairfield University in 2001.

For more information on this report, click here to read the story from the Connecticut Post.

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