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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Friday March 23rd, 2018 :: 10:32 p.m. PDT


Community Alert- SMPD is asking for the public's help with identifying a man that threatened a school

This evening, March 23rd, 2018, at around 5:50 p.m. SMPD Dispatch received a call from a customer at Big 5 Sporting Goods, located at 2825 S. El Camino Real, reporting a threat. The customer reported hearing a man comment to an employee that he wanted to purchase a firearm. The man then threatened to shoot up a school and asked the employee for a good shirt to wear. SMPD Officers arrived at the store within minutes and conducted an extensive and methodical search for the man, but he was not located. The witnesses didn’t find the man’s statements to be credible, but in an abundance of caution we are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the man that made the statements. The man is described as a white male adult, about 35 years old, appears transient, last seen wearing a camo sweatshirt and blue jeans.

If anyone has information regarding this incident or identity of the suspect please call SMPD, 911.

 SMPD dispatch center at (650) 522-7700 or call the SMPD Secret Witness Line at (650)522-7676. Anonymous online tips in this or any San Mateo Police Department investigation can be done at:

Sgt. Amanda Von Glahn

San Mateo, CA Police Department
200 Franklin Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94403

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