Teen arrested for alleged threats against school

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- Police in Show Low, Arizona, have arrested a teen after he allegedly made threats against a school.

Police have charged Steven Carpenter, 18, with interfering with an educational institution, a class 6 felony, and threatening and intimidating, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Pinetop-Lakeside Police Cmdr. David Sargent said they received information at about 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, that a man had made a threat against an area school.

According to police, the threat was non-specific, not mentioning a date, time or specific school.

In a call sent out to parents in the Show Low School District, Superintendent Kevin Brackney said they were taking the threat seriously and were working with police. He added that there would be "heightened vigilance" at the schools tomorrow.

Sargent said that within two hours, Pinetop-Lakeside detectives, the Navajo County Attorney's Office and Show Low Police began a cooperative effort to try and find the person who made the alleged threat.

The investigation led them to Carpenter. Officers found him walking along a roadway, and stopped to question him. After positively identifying him as the suspect, he was taken into custody.

Sargent said law enforcement felt the threat may have been without substance, but followed procedure and tracked it down to its source, making the arrest.

Detectives were awaiting warrants Wednesday to search the Carpenter's Show Low residence for evidence.

(Information courtesy: White Mountain Independent)