On Monday, Feb. 27 2017, a bomb threat was received by phone at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park at around 5:45 p.m. The school was vacant and all the students had left for the day. The school was searched, and no suspicious devices were located. On Wed., March 8, 2017, at approximately 11:35 a.m., another threat was emailed to staff members at Rancho Cotate High School. The school administration an email from an unknown source about the bomb attack that was going to happen and every other person in the school premises were evacuated. The threats were investigated and there was no evidence leading investigators to believe they were credible.
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Through their investigation, the FBI was able to link that individual to the threats made to Rancho Cotate High School.
FBI Agents further assisted Rohnert Park Detectives with the analysis of virtual currency and other financial transactions, as well as Dark Web portal transactions. That investigation led to the identification of a former Rancho Cotate High School student as the individual who solicited and paid for the threats in 2017, while the student was a junior at the school. Although the former student is now an adult, due to the fact that the student was a minor at the time the crimes were committed, on March 8, 2019, Rohnert Park Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the former student through the Sonoma County Juvenile Court. In April of 2019, the suspect turned himself in on the warrant and was recently convicted for the crimes.
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Law enforcement takes any type of threat seriously because of the fear threats incite throughout the community. Rohnert Park Detectives and the FBI showed their continued commitment to identifying individuals who use the Dark Web to hide their identity in order to violate the law and bringing those individuals to justice.
Source: The Community Voice
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