Police link latest bomb threat to student's cell phone log

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy at the Alice High School Friday morning in conjunction with Monday's bomb threat after investigators linked the phone call to his cell phone, officials said.

He was arrested at 10:46 a.m. Friday and charged with false alarm or report, which is a state felony that could land him in juvenile detention until his 18th birthday, police said.

According to police, the juvenile boy was taken from class Friday and placed under arrested and charged with Monday's bomb threat. The boy was taken to the police department. Police were able to link the bomb threat through the boy's cell phone log, officials said.

"Our investigator took action in the investigation in association with the Alice High School and was able to recover phone bills," Police Chief Danny Bueno said. "We were able to make the arrest due to the technology that's in place."

The second bomb threat is under investigation and police said the juvenile has not been linked to that threat that was made Thursday afternoon.

"At this time, we don't have anything to link him to the second bomb threat," Investigator R. David Valadez said.

Bueno said the arrest was a joint effort between the school and the police department.

"I personally want to thank the students that helped the investigation to make the arrest," he said. "We are looking at the other (bomb threat) and will have some results by today or Monday."

Bueno said that the police department takes each threat seriously and will prosecute to the fullest allowed by the law.

Valadez said the boy had no previous record and had no motive for the threat.

"He has no justification for doing it," he said. "He just wanted to get out of school."