Bell Gardens High School threat suspect charged with three felonies

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A suspect accused of threatening violence at Bell Gardens High School has been charged with multiple felonies with a weapon.

According to the city’s police department, the charges stem from an investigation into a social media post “regarding a possible threat of violence at Bell Gardens High School.”

On Sunday, detectives identified the suspect and began following him when they witnessed the suspect getting into another car with a second suspect.

Police stopped the vehicle before searching the vehicle and arresting two suspects. In the car, officers found two stolen small arms, high-capacity magazines, ammunition, and a bulletproof vest.

Two days later, one of the suspects was charged with three felonies involving weapons:

  • Possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school zone
  • Having a concealed firearm in the vehicle
  • Carrying a loaded handgun on yourself or in a vehicle

The Bell Gardens Police Department claims that the district attorney’s office initially dismissed the entire case because it did not have enough information about the criminal threat.

The district attorney’s office ultimately filed three charges after city police chief Scott Fairfield requested a retrial, according to the department.

It is not yet clear if the second suspect has been charged with anything.

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