A cousin of the Uvalde shooter was apprehended in San Antonio for threatening to shoot a school.
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The cousin of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooter was apprehended in San Antonio after threatening to carry out a school shooting.
Nathan James Cruz, 17, was taken into custody on charges of making a terroristic threat to the public and misdemeanor being accused of acting against armed family members, as per Bexar County Central Magistrate records.
The mother of Cruz, who reported her son’s threats to the police, was identified by Officer Nick Soliz from the San Antonio Police Department, as stated by NPR.
According to Soliz, Cruz is related to 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who was responsible for the deaths of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde last year.
According to an affidavit obtained by NPR, Cruz informed his sister that he was planning to do the same thing as his cousin.
Cruz allegedly made threats to his sister while she was driving him in a car. He then threatened to shoot her in the head and “shoot the school.” Her sister informed their mother, who called the police.
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According to the affidavit, the mother was worried because her son made the comments while under the influence of alcohol and they were situated across the street from an elementary school.
According to the arrest warrant, the suspect made an attempt to acquire an AR-15 through an illegal private sale during a phone conversation with his mother this morning. Cruz denied any threats when confronted by police.
Cruz faces charges of a third-degree felony for making ‘a terroristic threat against the public’ and Class A misdemeanor harming his family, with total bond set at $160,000.
The arrest in San Antonio is a clear indication of the need to report concerning statements and conduct.
The family member contacted the police, who then conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of someone. As school begins, SAPD is taking all possible steps to investigate and take appropriate action, according to a post on Facebook.
Sept. 5 has been chosen as the date for a pretrial hearing.