Fairfield police arrested a Suisun City man Monday after he allegedly made threatening comments on the Internet, coming out in support the perpetrator of a mass shooting in Connecticut that have rocked the nation.
Sergio Cabada, 18, was taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at his Suisun City home, said Sgt. Kevin Carella.
Around 9 a.m., police were notified of comments Cabada reportedly made on his Facebook page, "glorifying what happened in Connecticut" and stating that he "had thought of possibly committing similar acts," Carella said.
The Fairfield police Investigations Bureau immediately launched an investigation into the allegations to address the crime and prevent potential violence within the community, Carella said.
Detectives served a search warrant at the home Cabada shares with his parents around 3:30 p.m., Carella reported. Cabada was home with his father, who Carella described as "mortified," when police arrived. During the search of the home, officers found and confiscates several rifles and Cabada was taken into custody without incident.
Carella said Cabada did not have any prior police contacts and confessed to making the statements online, saying that while he wouldn't "do anything," he had "thoughts about it" and about shooting people in the area.
"We will not tolerate these kinds of comments," Carella stated firmly. "Hopefully this will send a message."
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Cabada was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of making felony terrorist threats.
In Los Angeles, police previously booked Kyle Bangayan, 24, of Pomona for investigation of making criminal threats against elementary schools in a Facebook posting. However, the district attorney's office decided Monday against filing charges, saying Bangayan made no specific threat to a person or school.
Authorities said Bangayan told police he was joking when he wrote that if people didn't stop posting about the Connecticut shootings on Facebook, he would do the same thing. Bangayan said the joke got a few laughs.
Such comments in the wake of the shooting that has gripped the country are no laughing matter, said Craig Steckler, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
"These kinds of threats happen with a lot of high-profile crimes. They don't actually do it, but you have to take them very seriously," said Steckler, police chief in Fremont.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Steckler sent out an e-mail to his organization's 23,000 members, calling the tragedy an "incomprehensible and horrific act" and urging them to review the group's guide on preventing and responding to school violence.
"As a public safety leader you will certainly be called on to address these concerns and to reassure your community that their schools are safe and that your department is well-positioned to protect the students," Steckler wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.