Florida authorities on Monday released the mug shot and arrest footage of a 10-year-old boy accused of threatening to shoot his school, with the local sheriff describing the move as just dessert for an alleged criminal.
“I ran a campaign: Fake threat, real consequences,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told W Radio in Colombia. “Although I understand that the boy is 10 years old, his brain is not yet fully developed, he is an adolescent, I have to tell you: if a 10-year-old pulls a trigger, the consequences are the same regardless of age.”
The sheriff’s office posted video on Facebook showing Daniel Isaac Marquez — a fifth-grader at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral — being arrested Saturday for the alleged text message sent May 28 by a tipster to the forwarded to MPs.
Daniel was shown being led away with his hands tied behind his back while wearing blue Crocs and a camouflage hooded zip-up sweatshirt and matching shorts.
Speaking to W Radio about the baby-faced suspect, Marceno said Daniel texted a friend about “wads of cash” and “prepared himself” for him to carry out the mass shooting.
“I cheated on my boyfriend,” the boy reportedly wrote in the text, which included a Google image of money, according to an arrest report.
Daniel then reportedly shared a picture of four assault rifles he allegedly bought and told his pal to “get ready for water day” – referring to a recent school-sponsored event where students take part in water activities.
“We won’t wait a second,” Marceno said as he investigated the boy’s threat. “We investigate every threat as if it were real.
“We have zero tolerance,” he said. “Our children will be safe no matter what.
“So what we have to do is I ask parents to sit down with their children … We have to do everything as a team to prevent these kinds of problems and not ignore the red flags.”
The boy was charged as a juvenile for writing threats to carry out a mass shooting, Marceno said.
Later in the interview, Marceno detailed his department’s response to a would-be assassin.
“You are not allowed to come into any of my schools in my county and present deadly violence,” Marceno said. “Because we meet deadly violence with delay violence, without a second, without hesitation. If you think you’re going to come and kill a child, teacher or faculty member, think again – we’ll kill you right away.”
The pint-sized perpetrator was arrested a day before a Florida man Corey Anderson, 18, was arrested at a home in Lutz on Sunday after making an online threat while posting photos of himself with what appears to be a gun, a Pistol and a tactical-style released vest, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The chilling photo was accompanied by a caption that read, “Hey Siri, directions to the nearest school,” authorities said.
Investigators later determined that the pistol and rifle in Anderson’s photo were airsoft guns that fire pellets rather than bullets.
The dual threat in Florida came just days after a gunman with two AR-15 rifles stormed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 fourth-graders and two teachers on Tuesday. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since December 2012, when 26 people – including 20 students – were killed at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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