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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Tuesday November 12th, 2019 :: 09:57 a.m. PST


15 year old arrested for "joke" criminal threats made on social media. No threat is a "joke"

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station received numerous phone calls regarding a threatening comment an unknown person posted on a social media website of a local high school.

Through a diligent investigation, deputies were able to identify the subject as a 15 year old male and arrested him at his residence in Lancaster. While the subject is a student at a school in Lancaster, he is not and has never been a student of the school the threatening comment was directed at. The subject was charged with felony criminal threats and will be transported to Eastlake Juvenile Hall with no bail. At this time, this incident is considered resolved and there are no further threats to the school from this subject.

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station would like to remind parents that every threat, whether it be verbal or on social media is taken seriously by our deputies and investigated immediately. Our investigations have shown that a large majority of these threats are made by students as a “joke” or “prank”, however our deputies MUST treat every threat as real.  Regardless of their intention, these threats are unlawful, carry serious criminal consequences and it is important our children know that.

We thank our staff, parents and students who remain vigilant and help us keep our schools as safe as possible. Lancaster Sheriff’s Station continues to work hand in hand with parents, students and faculty to ensure our schools are a safe place for all of our students to learn. We remind you, if you see something, say something!

"If You See Something, Say Something"
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP, “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.
Written by: Ali Villalobos
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department | Lancaster Sheriff’s Station
501 W Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA 93534
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