The 24-year-old Riverside man who authorities say threatened to carry out a shooting at UC Riverside pleaded not guilty Tuesday, May 14, to a charge of making criminal threats.
Deputy Public Defender Magdalena Cohen entered the plea on behalf of Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge to Judge David Gunn in a hearing in Superior Court in Riverside that lasted about 3 minutes.
Woolridge remained in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail. Gunn set a bail hearing for Thursday, a felony settlement conference for May 23 and a preliminary hearing for May 28.
A woman who identified herself as Woolridge’s mother was in court. She declined to comment afterward.
UCR police arrested Woolridge at 2:08 a.m. May 10 on Newell Drive, in a residential area northeast of UCR. About 12:30 a.m. that morning, someone told police about a threat sent via Snapchat. The message was on a black screen and said “I’m shooting up UC Riverside tomorrow. 1st Black school shooter going down in History,” a UCR news release said.
Woolridge, who is black, is not affiliated with UCR, spokesman Johnny Cruz said. Woolridge does not have a documented criminal history in Riverside County.