HOUSTON — A local man has been arrested after the suspect allegedly threatened to shoot and kill students at the Houston Community College Central Campus in a Facebook post, the Harris County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
Luis Antonio Rivera is charged with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.
HCC police said Rivera, 21, posted the following message using the name Elijah Eli Saltibanez to the social media platform:
“I will attack and shoot everyone and kill everyone in hcc Central campus in May 7 2018 I will kill everyone including students and teachers are gonna die and also I will kill the hcc police department.”
Investigators said he also posted a threat against President Donald Trump and students in local school districts.
On Friday, Rivera appeared in a Harris County courtroom where a public defender mentioned the suspect had previously been diagnosed with autism and requested the judge lower his bail from $20,000 to $2,500.
If convicted, Rivera could face up to 10 years in prison.
The arrest comes after administrators were forced to shut the campus down for several days during finals as a precaution. Students and faculty were able to return to school on Wednesday, and final exams were re-scheduled for a later date.
"I'm really scared for my life, I'll tell you that," HCC Central student Jasmine Sims told NewsFix.
"I had a bio exam, but I guess I don't have it anymore," student Umair Quershi said.
After the threat was made, the school system released the following statement:
On Sunday, HCC decided to close Central Campus to allow HCC police time to conduct a thorough inspection of campus facilities and put in place heightened security measures in response to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend.
In addition to the extra precautions at Central Campus, HCC will continue to provide additional security at each of its other campuses while this matter is under investigation.
HCC is working in partnership with local and federal agencies to identify the source and the veracity of the threat at this time. If you are aware of any information that would help, please contact HCC Police Department at 713-718-8888. We also ask that any information of a suspicious nature, no matter how small or large, always be relayed to HCC PD immediately. If you see something, say something.