Local Man Accused of Threatening Connecticut Style Shooting

The Pomona man, who was arrested at his parents Los Angeles home, had several weapons, authorities said.

A Pomona man arrested at his parents' Los Angeles home on suspicion of making "violent threats against local schools" was jailed Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Kyle Bangayan, 24, was arrested after Los Angeles police officers and FBI agents went to his parents' home in the 1200 block of North New Hampshire Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, said Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Bangayan was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, French said.

"The threats, which did not target specific schools but did reference the Connecticut school shooting from last Friday, were posted on the social networking site Facebook," French said.

"Also found and seized at the residence where Bangayan was arrested were nine firearms, including rifles, a shotgun, handguns, and ammunition," he said. "A search of the suspect's Pomona residence didn't yield any weapons or related evidence."

The threats involved "multiple elementary schools," said LAPD Officer Venus Hall, a department spokeswoman.

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck will discuss the arrest during a news conference at LAPD headquarters in downtown L.A. early this afternoon. He is also expected to speak about extra police protection at local schools in the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut.

Joining Beck at the news conference will be Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Anyone with more information on the case was urged to call LAPD detectives at (323) 344-5731; or (877) LAPD-247.


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