MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — A man who was arrested in connection with threats made to Santa Monica Community College on Thursday morning was also believed to be involved with a similar threat to schools in the Monterey Park area, police said.
He did not have any weapons on him when he was apprehended, authorities said.
He was believed to be a student at the college, according to Nicole Nishida, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Santa Monica College sent out an alert to students around 8:45 a.m. saying that the campus was on lockdown until further notice.
Will Adams Elementary and John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica were also placed on lockdown, school officials said.
At the same time, there was a similar situation unfolding involving a school shooting threat in Monterey Park.
Just before 8 a.m., a man called 911 from a cell phone saying that he had a gun and was headed to a school campus in the area, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said. The caller did not specify a particular campus.
East L.A. College was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Police said they were searching for a black Chevy Tahoe with the California license plate No. 6JVW818. It was not clear if that vehicle was located.
All schools in Monterey Park were also put on lockdown due to the threat, Monterey Park police said. Officers were sent out to the schools as a precaution.
The lockdowns were ultimately lifted, but East L.A. college was expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.