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One arrest reported in threats investigation
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Escalon Police have reported an arrest in the ongoing investigation into a series of threats that prompted two school lockdowns in early March.

At the Monday night, April 1 Escalon City Council meeting, interim Police Chief Anthony Hardgraves updated council members on the case.

Through the investigation by Escalon in cooperation with some surrounding agencies, police were able to identify a 16-year-old male suspect, said Hardgraves.

An arrest warrant was issued for the teen and a search warrant as well, with the 16-year-old subsequently arrested on suspicion of terrorist threats and booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall. His name was not released by authorities because he is a minor.

Hardgraves said during the course of the investigation, there were no weapons located and there was “nothing that led officers to believe” that the suspect intended to follow through on the threats made, which prompted the lockdowns on two successive days.

Also, as a result, Hardgraves said police and Escalon Unified School District officials were able to further coordinate on the communication approach between the entities and also regarding how to provide timely, necessary information to parents of students in those types of situations.