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article image36 California schools under lockdown

By oinkysmith2     Apr 19, 2007 in Crime
Suspect threatened to ‘make Virginia Tech look mild,’ sheriff’s office says
Authorities put 36 schools in 12 separate Northern California school districts under lockdown on Thursday as police searches for a man who said he was planning to launch an attack that would "make Virginia Tech look mild."
The Sutter County Undersheriff said that the man has been identifies as Jeffrey Thomas Carney who is 28 years old. He "telephoned his pastor and family members Wednesday night to say he had an automatic weapon, improvised explosive devices and poison."
Authorities say that there was no threat made to a specific place but this was obviously referencing to the massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech.
Sutter County said Carney was homeless but was registered as a driver in the city and he was recently arrested on April 4'th in Yuba City on domestic violence charges (about 50 miles north of Sacramento). It is clear why he was released after that seeing as he had a long criminal record. He is currently not in custody.
The sheriff’s department described Carney as a 28-year-old white male, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown eyes and short brown hair. Officials said he may be driving a red 1990s-model Honda or Toyota sedan with a black hood, a distinctive car that they hoped would be easy to spot. They asked anyone who had seen it to call 530-822-7307.
Surprisingly this is only one of many people who have been reported as threatening "copycat" crimes like the one in Virginia.
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