press release - 05101301

Washington Teenager Arrested for Making Bomb Threat

Santa Barbara - May 10th, 2013

At around 8:30 a.m. this morning the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received a call from authorities with the Clyde Hill Police Department in Washington.  They requested assistance to help locate a missing at-risk juvenile who had ties to the Santa Barbara area.  The 16-year old had taken a family car without permission and was believed to be visiting friends in the area. 

At 10:30 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to track the juvenile to the parking lot at the Turnpike Shopping Center located at the corner of Turnpike and Hollister.  A Deputy made contact with the juvenile and while he was being detained, he made allegations that there were explosive devices in his vehicle. 

The juvenile was taken into custody for further investigation and for a mental evaluation.  As a precautionary measure, several businesses in the immediate area were closed and San Marcos High School, located across the street, was placed on lockdown at around 11 a.m. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Specialty Unit Bomb Squad responded and examined the contents inside the vehicle.  Several simulated devices and a modified air soft gun were retrieved.  The orange tip of the air soft gun had been removed making it look like a real firearm.  The simulated devices were potentially functional and could have been dangerous. 

The lockdown at San Marcos High School was lifted at around 1:00 p.m.  The juvenile was cleared by mental health and transported to Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall.  He has been charged with making a bomb threat and others weapons charges.  The case has been forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

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