LMU student faces hearing over hoax

first_imgA 21-year-old Loyola Marymount University student arrested over the weekend is expected to be arraigned this week on charges stemming from an Internet posting that warned of a shooting on the campus. Carlos Huerta, 21, a senior, was arrested about 10:15 Saturday night near his campus apartment in Westchester on suspicion of posting the threat on JuicyCampus.com, a blog primarily used by college students, said Officer Mike Lopez of Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations unit. Huerta, whose bail had been set at $100,000, was released from custody around 11 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the inmate information page on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site. Police said he could be arraigned today or tomorrow. Students and faculty members were notified about a possible threat, and the campus was restricted to people with business there. No campus events were canceled as a result, Lopez said. On Friday, 20-year-old Jarrad Willis of Melbourne was arrested for posting on a social networking blog an image of a shotgun-toting man with a note that said he was going to shoot people at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Authorities said Willis’ posting — it appeared shortly after 19-year- old Robert Hawkins opened fire in an Omaha, Neb., mall on Wednesday, killing eight people and himself — was a hoax, and that Willis has been arrested for a similar offense before. Willis is being prosecuted in Australia. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe supposed threat showed up about 11:30 a.m. Friday on the Web site, which allows people to post messages anonymously. “I am going to shoot and kill as many people as I can until which time I am incapacitated or killed by police,” the threat read, according to the Loyolan, the campus newspaper. That was the same message as a posting that led to the arrest of a 19- year-old Melbourne, Australia, man following the deadly mall shooting in Omaha, Neb. Detectives with the LAPD’s Major Crimes Division, working with LMU’s Department of Public Safety, determined the JuicyCampus.com posting had come from Huerta’s computer, Lopez said. Deputy Chief Michael Downing, head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, said: “There was never an indication the threat made was a valid one, and there is no ongoing threat to LMU.” last_img

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