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Man arrested after making threat toward South Pointe High School

Man arrested after making threat towards school
Man arrested after making threat towards school
Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 14:57:03-05

A man has been arrested after making an online threat toward a Valley high school.

The threat was made toward South Pointe High School, near Central Avenue and Baseline Road, over the weekend.

Phoenix police said the suspect, 20-year-old Christopher Michael Rodriguez Mendez, was identified, located and arrested around 1:20 a.m. Monday.

According to police documents, Mendez admitted to posting the threat to carry out a shooting at the school but took it down because he feared he would get in trouble. He reportedly told police he posted it as retaliation for being assaulted by students he knew to be attending South Pointe. 

Police reportedly received more than 1,000 calls from concerned citizens who saw the post and parents afraid to send their children to school.  

Mendez was booked into jail on one count of Use of an Electronic Communication to Terrify, Intimidate, Threaten or Harass, one count of Interference with or Disruption of an Educational Institution; and two counts of Threatening or intimidating.