Authorities arrested a Washington man Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to blow up an elementary school.
Thomas Gabbard, 19, had previously taken to Instagram Live where he claimed to be a gang member. However, a viewer on the stream insisted Gabbard wasn’t, to which the suspect replied he was going to “pull up a school and bomb it,” police said. No school or location was specified during the stream.
However, Gabbard continued to claim that he had bombs in his possession.
The viewer became concerned and called local police about Gabbard’s threats.
The viewer also told police that Gabbard called him using the phone number on the viewer’s account. He told police the call lasted about two minutes, during which time he was trying to get information from Gabbard about the unnamed school, which he had previously referred to.
The Instagram user added that Gabbard did not provide any information about the school and continued to call the viewer “racially derogatory names.” The viewer also told police that Gabbard had multiple active Facebook and Instagram profiles.
Police reports indicated that an investigation into Gabbard’s criminal record found he had a juvenile detention barring him from legal firearms possession.
Police said they found three specific photos on Gabbard’s various social media profiles showing the suspect with firearms – two pistols and a rifle.
Several officers and armed associates arrived at Gabbard’s home to serve a high-risk search warrant, and a SWAT team arrested Gabbard without incident. No explosives or firearms were found at the scene.
During an interview with police, Gabbard said he wasn’t serious about bombing a school. He also denied having any firearms or explosives in his possession, insisting the firearms shown in his social media posts were air-powered.
He later admitted that the rifle shown at his post was taken from his sister’s house, knowing that he believed he was not allowed to own a firearm.
Gabbard also admitted that his claims of being a gang member were not true.
The arrest came just weeks after gunman Salvador Ramos shot dead 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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