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Feb 18, 2010 9:58 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Former UCSB professor arrested in Washington for threatening faculty

A former University of California Santa Barbara professor is behind bars in Washington, after investigators say he made criminal threats toward faculty and students.

Neil Baker, 51, has been living in Kennewick since he was forced to resign from UCSB in 2004.

Since then, he's made threats online toward his old co-workers, saying he fantasized about killing them for destroying his future employment opportunities.

UCSB officials say they've had to issue several lockdowns over Baker's threats.

Police raided his home Monday, where they found a rifle and books about making bombs. Baker had posted on Craigslist that he would be in Santa Barbara in the coming weeks.

Baker's arrest comes shortly after an incident at Alabama University, where a professor allegedly shot and killed co-workers for being denied a promotion.

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