Police identify two more bomb threat suspects

The Daily Times staff
Bomb threats

FARMINGTON — Although no new bomb threats were reported to police on Thursday, authorities have identified two more juveniles in connection to the recent string of bomb threats discovered in San Juan County schools and businesses.

An 8-year-old female student at Apache Elementary School in Farmington was responsible for two separate threats made on Monday and Wednesday, according to a press release from the Farmington Police Department.

The school was placed under lockdown for 50 minutes on Monday starting at 3 p.m. and for 20 minutes Wednesday at 11:20 a.m.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said both of the Apache Elementary threats were found in the women's bathroom. The unidentified student will receive in-school disciplinary action and counseling services due to her age, the release states.

A 17-year-old Farmington High School student has also been charged with interfering with the educational process, a petty misdemeanor, for an incident on Tuesday in which a message written on a whiteboard referenced a bomb.

Allen said the message did not state a bomb would go off at a specific time, so police did not consider it a bomb threat.

Three additional students have also been charged in connection to the series of bomb threats over the last few weeks, which started when a threat found on a bathroom wall on Nov. 23 forced the evacuation of the Walmart on East Main Street.

Two 13-year-old male students face charges for threats allegedly made at Mesa View Middle School on Tuesday, and a 13-year-old male student was charged in connection to a threat discovered at Hermosa Middle School on Tuesday.

Other threats have also been found at Aztec High Schoolthe Animas Valley MallHeights Middle School,Hermosa Middle SchoolFarmington High School, Mesa View Middle School, Newcomb High SchoolPiedra Vista High School, Shiprock High School and Tibbetts Middle School,

Allen said the other cases are still under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477, post through the Farmington Police Department's mobile app or go to sjccrimestoppers.org.

A $2,500 reward is available for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest related to the bomb threats.