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TEEN ARRESTED FOR SPLENDORA THREATS-VIDEO

After threats against residents of the Splendora area started on Friday, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables started an investigation. Constable Hayden himself fielded several calls from not just concerned citizens but callers from other areas questioning the safety of the area before they sent their children to Splendora for baseball tournaments being held this weekend.

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Investigators ran into a solid brick wall when Facebook, the social media source where the threats of death were made, refused to release information.

Constable Hayden sought the assistance of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s. Once again the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office was stonewalled at which time Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney put a statement out to the community telling them of the threat.

Late Saturday night Facebook had a change of face and provided investigators with the data needed to investigate the incident which was reported to occur Sunday.

Working day and night investigators finally were able to track the source of the post and obtained a search warrant Sunday evening from Harris County for a home in Northwest Harris County. Once there they were able to locate a 13-year-old Splendora student who was staying with relatives. She was taken into custody and several computers and electronic devices were seized.

She was then transported to face a Harris County Judge who signed and extradition order allowing her to be moved to Montgomery County.

Investigators spent most of the night interviewing the young lady.

They contacted J.D. Lambright, the Montgomery County Attorney who accepted charges of terroristic threat against the teen. Since it involved a threat on a group of people it was classified as a third degree felony. Being a juvenile, the teen will be prosecuted by the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office and not the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Due to her age, she cannot be classified as an adult.

Constable Hayden said he was proud of his team of investigators who gave up their weekend and time with their families to make sure the threat was not carried out and take the person making the threat in custody.

Just two months ago Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, a community near Santa Barbara, California. Three men at an apartment, two women outside a sorority and one visitor to a deli were killed in a rampage.

In a YouTube video he posted titled “Retribution,” Rodger announced his intent to commit mass murder at a sorority house at UCSB.

“On the day of retribution I’m going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB,” he said. “I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.”

Police said 13 people were injured in the melee — four by vehicle, eight by a gunshot wound, and one of unknown origin.

This is one example authorities take threats of this nature seriously and not just treat it as a possible hoax.

 

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