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Victorville man arrested after threatening to ‘shoot up’ Mesa Linda Middle School

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 20-year-old Victorville man was arrested after he was involved in an argument with a campus security guard and allegedly threatened to shoot up Mesa Linda Middle School, officials said.

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, deputies from the Victorville Police Department responded to the school in the 13000 block of Mesa Linda Avenue reference a disturbance report.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the suspect, Christian Fowler Avila, was driving by the school when he observed a family member who attends school there was in the schoolyard.

Officials said Avila stopped and approached the fence surrounding the school.

“The student went to the fence and began talking to the suspect. A school security guard saw the suspect and told him he was not allowed to be there talking to the student. Avila became angry and started yelling at the security guard, threatening him and threatening to come back when school let out, to shoot the school up. Then the suspect got back in the vehicle and left,” stated the release.

School officials immediately placed the school on lockdown and called law enforcement. Deputies responded to the school and interviewed several witnesses.

Deputies and Detectives obtained and served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the 12600 block of Silver Saddle Way in Victorville.

According to the release, “no firearms and no evidence indicating the suspect planned to return to the school to inflict any harm were located at the home.”  

The suspect was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for PC422(A) criminal threats with intent to terrorize. His bail is set at $50,000 and he is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on January 30, 2020.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy A. Curtis at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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