A student at the Daytona State College campus in Deltona has been arrested for making a bomb threat at the school last week, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The main building and portable outbuildings at the school were evacuated last Thursday, after a bomb threat was discovered written on a white board. The Sheriff’s Office says the message said a bomb had been placed to go off in the student office. While campus security officers evacuated the buildings, around 20 Sheriff’s patrol and motorcycle deputies, plus investigators and bomb technicians with bomb-detecting dogs, searched the campus buildings and parking lot. An all-clear was declared after the search found no sign of explosives.
Suspect spotted on video
However, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gary Davidson, what was discovered was surveillance video of a male “…hanging around the hallway near the white board.” Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office identified and questioned the male student Tuesday. They report that he denied making the threat at first, but later “…apologized to investigators for lying and admitted he did it.” The Sheriff’s Office says the student told them he had been bored, did not mean any harm, and the threat was “…just supposed to be a joke.” The student, 21-year old Jaime Morales-Osorio of Deltona, was charged with a single second-degree felony count of Making a False Report of a Bomb, and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on $50,000 bond.
Video assists in another case
The search for a suspect in connection with a robbery, stolen car, and several car break-ins started Tuesday morning when deputies were dispatched to a Kangaroo gas station along West New York Avenue in Deland, west of Grand Avenue. A man at the station said he had walked out of the store at the station around 6:30 Tuesday morning to find someone in his car. The person in his car then left the scene in another vehicle, but the victim was able to give deputies a description of the vehicle and its tag number.
While deputies were looking for the suspect vehicle, another call came in from the Deland area about a person seen trying the handle on a pickup truck in a carport. Deputies checked the video surveillance from the carport, and observed a suspect driving a car matching the description from the Kangaroo station.
The suspect car was then spotted by a Deland police officer, who pulled the vehicle over at the Winn-Dixie store near State Road 44 and Spring Garden Avenue. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Andrew Gant says a check on the vehicle tag showed the car was reported stolen in Lake County. Deputies arrived on the scene and also determined that the driver matched the description of the suspect in the carport video, and that several items in the car he was driving – including a laptop, some paperwork, and coins – were reported taken in another vehicle robbery on Pratt Street.
While Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies spoke with 35-year old John Clark, they say he also admitted to taking money from the cash register at the Hontoon Convenience Store early Monday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office says Clark faces charges of Grand Theft Auto, Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance, Theft, Robbery, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving with a Suspended License.
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