Police say they have arrested a Bartlesville High School student, Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18, on charges that he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the school auditorium on the same day that 27 people were killed at Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Conn.
AP reports that Police in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a community about 40 miles north of Tulsa, arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, shortly before 5 a.m. Friday.
Tulsa World reports that Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings, said officers arrested Chavez at his home in the 100 block of Southwest Adeline Avenue on a warrant signed by Special Judge John Gerkin.
Reuters reports the arrest warrant was issued on Thursday, a day after Chavez allegedly sought the help of some classmates at the school cafeteria to carry out the plot.
According to Reuters, he was arrested on charges of plotting to carry out a shooting and bombing massacre at his school. AP reports that according to a probable cause affidavit, Layne Jones, assistant principal at the school, alerted police on Thursday after a student alerted school authorities.
Bartlesville Police Lt. Kevin Ickleberry, wrote in the affidavit that a student told the police that Chavez had tried to "recruit other students to assist him with carrying out a plan to lure students into the school auditorium where he planned to begin shooting them after chaining the doors shut."
He reportedly threatened that "if the students assisting him did not do what they were supposed to do, he would not hesitate to kill them and/or himself."
Police say Chavez had planned to “place bombs by the doors so when the police arrived he would detonate bombs, killing the police as they entered the building."
Tulsa World reports police say that Chavez told a teacher he had bought a Colt .45 gun and that he had been learning how to use it. He looked up information on a .22 caliber rifle that could be mounted on a machine gun platform. He also attempted to get a map of the school facilities. Reuters reports that police affidavit said Chavez had used the school computer to research about guns, pipe bombs and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
According to Tulsa World, Superintendent Gary Quinn praised the school administrators for their quick action. He said: “I am proud of our administrative personnel who took what started out as an unsubstantiated rumor and, through their diligent work and exhaustive investigation, were able to determine there could be a future threat." He added: “We appreciate the excellent relationship we have with our local law enforcement and their swift response to the information we provided them. We will always put the safety of the students of the Bartlesville Public School District first and foremost.”
Chavez is being held on $1 million bond, AP reports. He remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday and he is due in court Jan. 11.