A Worcester man is being held on bail after calling Auburn Police and claiming to have a weapon at the Auburn Mall and threatening to do harm. Auburn Police located and arrested the man without incident. There was no weapon, and no shots were fired.
Initial reports of an active shooter at the Auburn Mall spread on social media, but Auburn police quelled the rumors quickly.
Responding officers ordered mall employees and patrons to leave as they responded to the threat, though many took cover in stores and closed security gates, according to witnesses.
Andres Olivencia, 25, of Worcester is charged with making threats with serious public harm, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. He allegedly called police and said he was outside the mall with a weapon and planned to “do something stupid,” according to Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis, Jr. Mr. Olivencia has a history of mental illness and is a resident of an area group home and is undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to court documents.