Ongoing Investigation into Social Media Threat Leads to new Arrest

Ongoing Investigation into Social Media Threat Leads to new Arrest
Posted on 03/23/2017

At approximately 3:12 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a post of a criminal threat against Chino High School was reported to the Chino Police Department. Officers developed probable cause to arrest a 15-year-old male, who was a former student, at his residence in Ontario.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Detectives developed additional leads revealing that the suspect who was originally arrested was not involved in the crime. These new leads led Detectives to detain a 15-year-old male student at Chino High School.

This suspect was taken into custody at Chino High school at approximately 2:00 p.m. today. The suspect provided a full confession to posting the threatening message on his social media account and confirmed he had acted alone. No weapons were found during a search of his Ontario residence.

The subject who was arrested on Tuesday, March 21 has been released. The suspect who was arrested on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 is being booked at Juvenile Hall for criminal threats. There are no present threats to the campus, students or faculty.

“The Chino Police Department and Chino Valley Unified School District will continue to take all threats of violence seriously.” states Chief of Police Karen Comstock. “School safety remains a top priority and we will use all resources necessary to ensure that the parents, students and school faculty are safe on campus.”

The Chino Valley Unified School District has issued the following statement, “Classes are in session and the education process is proceeding as usual. We are grateful someone saw something and said something. All threats are taken seriously and once notified, the District and Police Department worked together in partnership to keep our students safe.”

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information related to the investigation, please contact Sergeant Whitham at 909.334.3059 or awhitham@chinopd.org.