Man accused of Iowa school threat appears in court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of making gun threats inside a Des Moines middle school has made his first court appearance.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/1aU7kPT ) 35-year-old Ryan Collier made an initial appearance Wednesday at a Polk County courtroom. He was quiet as a judge read the charges of first-degree harassment, domestic abuse and interference with official acts.

Collier was arrested Tuesday following a manhunt around Merrill Middle School. He is accused of arguing with his girlfriend inside the school and claiming to have a gun. He was later found hiding under a car.

The incident prompted the middle school and several surrounding schools to be put on lockdown.

Collier remains at the Polk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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