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Deputies: Man who prompted Clemson safety alert turns self in

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Robert Ivester appears before an Oconee Co. judge. (May 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Robert Ivester appears before an Oconee Co. judge. (May 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Robert Ivester and Cynthia Michelle Hammett (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) Robert Ivester and Cynthia Michelle Hammett (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County deputies said the man who prompted a Clemson University safety alert on Thursday has turned himself in to authorities.

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesman said 23-year-old Robert Ivester turned himself in to probation and parole officers just before noon on Friday.

Clemson University Police issued an safety alert to students on Thursday to keep an eye out for Ivester, saying he made threats to kill himself and others.

According to the CUPD alert posted on the school's website, Ivester made the threats to, "kill himself and kill other people, as well as going to a college campus and causing death."

Clemson said Ivester's threats were not specific to the university, but school officials are asking everyone to be alert. Police Chief Johnson Link said Ivester is not a student and their office received info about the threats from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Link said that Ivester made the threats towards a "campus community," so out of an abundance of caution they issued the alert. Posters were put up across campus for people to be on the lookout.

Pete O'Boyle, spokesperson for South Carolina's Probation and Parole, Ivester turned himself in to their office on probation violation charges just before noon on Friday.

Ivester had been sentenced to parole previously, but following an April 2012 arrest, he violated his parole, O'Boyle said.

Oconee County deputies said Ivester had been arrested before and was wanted on forgery charges. 

They issued similar safety alerts to colleges in Anderson and Pickens counties and Toccoa, GA, Thursday, which has since been canceled.

Deputies said when Ivester turned himself in he was accompanied by Cynthia Michelle Hammett, who was also wanted on forgery charges. Deputies did not release details about the forgery cases.

Ivester was given a $60,000 bond on the forgery charges but will face a circuit court judge for parole violation under the youthful offenders act. Hammett was given a $20,000 bond.

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