Child suspect identified in Newcomb bomb threat

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON – Navajo police have identified a child suspect in two bomb threats made earlier this month at Newcomb Elementary School.

Navajo police learned at 10 a.m. March 10 of the first threat written on a bathroom stall in the girls' restroom at the elementary school, located on U.S. Highway 491 in Newcomb, according to a press release.

The school was secured, and officers searched it for explosive devices, but none were found, the release states.

Police were again dispatched to the school the next afternoon after another threat was found in the same bathroom, according to the release.

A police officer investigated the threats and identified an elementary school student as a suspect, the release states. The girl was interviewed with her parents and admitted she wrote the threats, according to the release.

The girl was released to the custody of her parents, the release states, and the information was referred to the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Office of the Navajo Nation Prosecutor for further processing.

Bomb threats and other threats of violence have caused numerous evacuations, lockdowns and "shelter in place" precautions this year at schools in the Central Consolidated School District, including Shiprock and Newcomb high schools.

More than a dozen bomb threats also were made at San Juan County schools in the weeks leading up to December's winter break, resulting in the arrest of multiple juveniles for causing bomb scares and interfering with the education process.

Bomb threats were also made at the Walmart on East Main Street in Farmington on Nov. 23 and at the Animas Valley Mall on Dec. 12, which disrupted holidaying shopping.