AN Amazon warehouse worker has been arrested for allegedly plotting a mass shooting after co-workers warned he “idolized” the Uvalde gunman.
Rodolfo Aceves, 19, was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department after they responded to an Amazon Delivery station for reports of a mass shooting threat.
Police showed up to the station just after 10.30am on June 27.
Officers chatted with several people who claimed to have overheard Aceves make the threats, per a statement from the San Antonio Police Department.
Those people heard him “say he was planning to cause a mass shooting at the place of business,” the police department said.
According to an arrest report obtained by News4 San Antonio, Aceves told a coworker that “it would be a good idea to pull the fire alarm and have all employees exit the building and to commit a mass shooting.”
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The San Antonio Police Department said that detectives were immediately notified and received credible information leading them to take the suspect’s comments as a legitimate potential mass shooting threat.
Aceves was located at a different location from where police initially responded and was detained.
As the investigation continued, authorities gathered additional evidence and obtained an arrest warrant.
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The 19-year-old was taken into custody for Terroristic Threats, the San Antonio Police Department said.
An AR-15 rifle was seized from Aceves’ location.
He is reportedly being held on $50,000 bond.
News4 San Antonio reports that Aceves’ father was brought in for questioning and told officials that his son struggles with mental illness.
The father also reportedly acknowledged that his son had purchased the AR-15 rifle.
The San Antonio Police Department commended the coworkers who came forward to report the threats.
“This case highlights the importance of community collaboration and appropriate responses,” the San Antonio Police Department said.
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“This is the essence of ‘see something, say something.'”
“If not for the witness who came forward, this incident could have resulted in a tragic outcome.”