Deputies: Man suspected of making Florida school threats arrested

Posted at 11:49 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 11:49:36-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A man who police say is suspected of posting a series of message on Twitter threatening to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside some Florida schools has been arrested

Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson said in an email sent late Sunday that 23-year-old Jesus Kong was taken into custody on a warrant while trying to cross the border into Canada.

Williamson says Kong "appeared to be in some form of distress."

The warrant wasn't out of Florida.

Last week, officials said the threats posted July 24 targeted four high schools and a middle school in the Orlando area. Orange County school officials and law enforcement authorities said they didn't believe the threats were credible.

Williamson says Kong is a transient.

No further details were immediately available.