16-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED IN ONLINE THREAT POSSESSED PIPE BOMB

PIO Number: 18-2-17

Date: Feb 27 2018

A 16-year-old Pompano Beach boy who threatened to kill students and had a pipe bomb in his home was arrested Monday night.

Around 4 p.m. Feb. 26, the teen was playing an online video game when he made the alarming statement. A tipster called Boca Raton Police Department about the teen. The police investigated, and when they discovered the teen lived in Broward County, Boca Raton police notified the Broward Sheriff's Office.

BSO deputies responded to the suspect's Pompano Beach home and found a homemade pipe bomb and weapons. Deputies with BSO's bomb squad, violent crimes and strategic investigations divisions responded, along with Homeland Security and the FBI.

The teen is facing a felony charge for possessing explosives.

BSO encourages everyone to continue reporting any suspected threats by calling 954-764-HELP (4357) or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477). Threats will be thoroughly investigated. Anyone found in violation of the law will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

THIS REPORT BY:
Joy Oglesby/PIO

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