Psychological evaluation ordered for former student suspected of sending death threats to school near Steamboat

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Nicolaus House Demetrian

— A federal judge has ordered a psychological evaluation be completed by Saturday for the man accused of sending death threats to his former school, The Lowell Whiteman School near Steamboat Springs.

According to court documents, Nicolaus Demetrian was committed to the federal Metropolitan Detention Facility in Los Angeles on Dec. 11.

Judge Gordon Gallagher granted the facility’s request for more time to “develop a history, diagnosis and opinion” on Demetrian.

The case is being handled by the U.S. District Court in Grand Junction, where the next hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 20.

The U.S. government chose to file a single felony charge against Demetrian, alleging the 27-year-old threatened to kill an individual and destroy property. The charge carries a penalty of as many as 10 years in prison.

Lowell Whiteman was evacuated and closed for two days after the school found the two threatening emails Oct. 16.

According to a court document, the 2005 Lowell Whiteman graduate wrote he would set the main building on fire and shoot anyone who escaped. If the school was not closed, Demetrian named three female staff members he would kill, the court document states.

The first email was signed “The Devil in the Living Flesh, Nicolaus H. Demetrian,” according to the court document.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Demetrian on Oct. 17.

According to Demetrian’s Google Plus page, the University of Denver graduate was an intern at a commercial real estate firm in Denver and a waiter at a restaurant.

Demetrian’s home in Denver was searched, but he was not there.

He was apprehended Oct. 18 by FBI agents while he was having a drink at a bar in Des Moines, Iowa. Authorities were able to track Demetrian using his cellphone, and officers staked out his suspected location.

Demetrian also faces charges in Routt County. Demetrian’s arrest warrant charges him with harassment and interfering with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution. Both charges are misdemeanors.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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