On the afternoon of January 16th, 2014, the Escondido Police Department received several notifications of a suspicious message that had been posted on a social media site. The message contained specific language of acts of violence that would be committed at Escondido Charter High School at 10:30 A.M., January 17th, 2014. The Police Department deemed this threat to be a credible threat of violence and immediately notified the staff at the school. For the safety of the students and staff, all school activities were cancelled for that day.
After a thorough investigation by Escondido Police detectives, it was determined the threat was sent by a juvenile suspect residing in Miami, Florida. On March 18th, 2014, Detective Vandervorst flew to Florida in order to interview the suspect and serve a search warrant with the assistance of the FBI. The suspect, a 17-year-old Florida resident, confessed to the crime and was referred to the Florida State Attorney’s Office for adjudication.
On June 22nd, 2017, Detective Vandervorst was contacted by the Miami State Attorney’s Office stating that the suspect had been sentenced to a State-sanctioned Boot Camp for youth offenders as punishment for his crime. Failure to complete the Camp could result in prison time.
The Escondido Police Department wants the public to know that all crimes committed against our community members will be thoroughly investigated, no matter where the suspect resides, and will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. “I want to thank San Diego CATCH (Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team), the Miami State Attorney’s Office and the FBI for their assistance with this case,” said Chief Craig Carter. “The ability to work together in order to hold criminals accountable is a direct result of establishing and maintaining relationships with our law enforcement partners.”
Assistant Executive Director for Escondido Charter High School, Deron Galindo, said he was appreciative of the Police Department’s thorough investigation. “The students and staff of Escondido Charter High School are thankful for the professional manner in which the Escondido Police Department resolved this case.”