Police arrest suspect in Lewis & Clark H.S. threats; same person accused of previous threats
SPOKANE, Wash — Spokane Police have arrested the teenager they believe made threats this week against students at Lewis and Clark High School. It’s the same former student arrested for making threats against the school and students last year.
Ryan B. Lee is awaiting trial on charges he made threats to shoot up the school and also threatened another student and sent explicit messages to her.
His parents posted bond and he has been out of jail since then.
Over the weekend, students and parents from LC contacted the school, saying someone was making threats again on Instagram, threatening school violence and even referencing the previous threat.
Many parents kept their students home from school and police provided extra resources on campus.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Spokane Police announced they’ve arrested Lee again, this time for making the most recent threats.
Police say major crimes detectives searched Lee’s home and conducted a multi-day investigation. He was booked into the jail for two counts of felony harassment-threats to kill, one count of cyberstalking and one count of violating a court order.
Police had also been looking at Lee’s tablet recently for threats made against the school in early November. In those threats, police found similarities to the original threats and realized they hadn’t searched Lee’s tablet, which was in police custody.
It’s not clear yet if police have linked Lee to those threats as well.
Spokane Public Schools spokesman Brian Coddington released the following statement:
“This news brings a sense of relief to what has been a difficult and trying time for Lewis and Clark students, families, and staff. We would like to thank the Spokane Police Department for never giving up on this investigation and the students and staff at LC.”
A news conference with Spokane Police is planned for Thursday morning. We’ll bring you more information as we get it.
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