Student, 18, arrested for bomb threat against Metropolitan H.S.
An 18-year-old male was arrested Friday for making a threat against an Indianapolis high school.
Rashad Lesure, a student at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, is accused of making multiple bomb threats that prompted a search of the building. The school was also locked down due to the threats with restricted student movement.
Lesure is charged with a felony count of false informing of an explosive device and two felony counts of intimidation. His bond was set at $10,000.
Police say the threats began the day after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 180.
"Thanks to the work of lead Detective (Aaron) Carter who is without a doubt one of our finest, we were able to figure out who was making the threats" stated Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. "All of the threats were deemed unfounded, but we want to stress that we take these threats very seriously."
Police say Lesure made a total of six threatening phone calls to the school, making explicit threats about the multiple bombs set to go off at a specific time and placement. Investigators say he made other threats toward individual staff members at the school.
The Department of Homeland Security - IMPD Bomb Squad searched the school when the threats were received.
"I want to thank Detective Carter for his hard work," said Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons. "We need the public's help more than ever. We want to encourage citizens to continue to stay alert and monitor their own environment for suspicious objects or behavior within public places and events as the 'See Something, Say Something' campaign calls out for."
"If You See Something, Say Something™" encourages citizens to monitor their own environment for suspicious objects or behavior on trains or buses, at stations and other public places. By being observant in these types of settings, you could drastically minimize the chance of danger and help to keep our state safer. If you want to report suspicious activity or in the state please call 1-877-226-1026.