El Centro Police have arrested a 16-year old for allegedly making threats to shoot students at Central Union High School on the social media app Yik Yak.
According to El Centro Police Commander Robert Sawyer , the youth was arrested at his home after ECPD investigators , working with school officials , Yik Yak and the Department of Homeland Security investigators , were able to track the source of the threats. The El Centro Police Department was initially made aware of the threats at 11:15 PM on January 6, 2015 and worked through the night. School officials decided to cancel classes at CUHS because the nature of the threats was very specific.
The investigation led officers to the location of the device used to post the threats. They than contacted an adult at the El Centro residence and questioned two teenage boys at the house. One of the boys , a 16-year old , was ultimately arrested and booked into Imperial County Juvenile Hall. Detectives located the device they believe was used to post the threats in the residence. It will be inspected by agents from the Department of Homeland Security for forensic evidence.The suspect told investigators that he posted the threats because he was bored and that it was meant as a joke.
According to Commander Sawyer , the investigation was a success because of the efforts of the ECPD patrol officers and investigators working in partnership with Central Union High School District and Homeland Security Investigations.