SAN DIEGO – A young man was arrested after saying he wanted to kill students and motioning with his hand as if he was shooting a gun at an adult school in Poway, a sheriff’s deputy said Tuesday.
Jonathan Juarez, 20, was arrested at his home Tuesday night, according to San Diego Sheriff’s deputy Matthew Carpenter. Juarez, who attends the Poway Adult School at 13626 Twin Peaks Road, is accused of threatening on Thursday to kill other students at the school.
“As he made the statements, Juarez made a motion with his hand as if he was shooting a handgun multiple times. Juarez also made reference to the Columbine incident,” Carpenter said. “Students and staff were fearful Juarez would carry out his threats and cause harm to others.”
The threats were resported to school staff, who contacted the Sheriff’s Department.
No weapons were found during a search of Juarez’s residence, according to Carpenter.
Juarez was booked into San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $50,000.
Authorities did not immediately disclose what led to Juarez’s alleged outburst.
Poway Unified School District is working with deputies to investigate the school threats. Anyone with information about this case should call Poway Sheriff’s Station at 858-513-2800.