Texas police on Monday arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly was inspired by the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and threatened to commit a mass shooting at an Amazon warehouse in San Antonio.
The suspect, Rondolfo Valdivia Aceves, was arrested “without incident” and has been charged with making terrorist threats, police told Yahoo News.
“Based on information gathered, an employee of the location heard the suspect claiming he was going to do a mass shooting at this place of business,” an incident report obtained by Yahoo News said. “Credible information to support the threat was developed during the investigation by Homicide detectives.”
Aceves was employed as a subcontractor at an Amazon Delivery Station in San Antonio.
A female coworker reported him to police after he allegedly made disturbing remarks to her, local news station KSAT-TV reported. She told police that on Friday, a fire alarm was activated at the Amazon facility and all the employees evacuated the building.
Aceves allegedly told her it would be a good idea to use the fire alarm to have employees exit the building together and become easy targets in a mass shooting. He then allegedly said that he was going to commit a mass shooting.
Fearing for her safety, the coworker did not mention the threat to anyone on Friday. But on Monday, she decided to inform management at the Amazon facility because she thought Aceves was capable of carrying out the threat. The woman said that Aceves previously told her he was “tired of living” and that he owns a handgun and had purchased a rifle recently.
She told police that Aceves considered the Uvalde school shooter “an idol.” That 18-year-old gunman murdered 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School last month.
She also said that after Aceves learned where her children go to school, he said, “he would now know what school to go to and shoot up.”
Police investigators questioned Aceves’ father, who told them his son has a history of mental illness and had twice been placed in a mental health facility at age 16.
The father said Aceves had stopped taking his medication years ago and that family members grew concerned when they learned he had purchased a gun.
The new federal gun control law signed by President Joe Biden on Saturday strengthens background checks for gun purchases to include juvenile and mental health records for people under age 21. The law also provides $750 million in federal funding for states to enact so-called “red-flag laws” — which would permit family members or authorities to seek an extreme risk protection order from a court to remove firearms from people believed to be a risk to themselves or others.
Aceves was charged with a third-degree felony count of making a terroristic threat. He is currently being held on a bond of $50,000.