15-YEAR-OLD-ARRESTED-AFTER-MAKING-ONLINE-THREAT

PIO Number: 18-2-14

Date: Feb. 18, 2018

A Lauderhill teenager was arrested Friday after posting a message on social media threatening to kill people at several Broward County schools.

Just after midnight on Feb. 16, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives were notified of a post on Instagram where the male poster said he was going to kill people and listed various schools. BSO Violent Crimes Unit detectives immediately launched an investigation into the threat, ultimately locating the suspect and taking him into custody that afternoon. The teen appeared to be remorseful and claimed his post was a joke aimed at scaring his cousin.

The teen is facing one count of sending a written threat to kill, which is a third-degree felony under Florida Law. BSO encourages everyone to continue reporting any suspected threats by calling (954) 764-HELP (4357) or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477). Anyone found in violation of the law will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

INVESTIGATORS:
Sgt. Stull, Violent Crimes

THIS REPORT BY:
Keyla ConcepciĆ³n/PIO