Police issue warrant for LC student who made threats against school
SPOKANE, Wash. — UPDATE: (2 p.m.): Ryan B. Lee has been arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
UPDATE (8/6): Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Ryan B. Lee, the 18-year-old student accused of making threats against Lewis and Clark High School and threatening an underage girl.
UPDATE (6/14): Lee’s arraignment will be held on June 25 at 11 a.m.
UPDATE: Ryan B. Lee, the 18-year-old student accused of making threats against Lewis and Clark High School and threatening an underage girl, was been arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Lee posted bond and was released from jail a few hours later.
Bond for 18 yr. old Ryan Lee was set at $100,000 and paid in full. He’s accused of threatening to “shoot up” Lewis and Clark High School. #kxly
— BrianKXLY4 (@Briankxly4) June 12, 2018
The LC student accused of threatening a school shooting at Lewis & Clark High School also sent violent, threatening and pornographic images to an underage girl, court documents say.
According to those documents, 18-year-old Ryan Lee contacted a 15-year-old girl via an Instagram account he created with the username steven_smith__4. He sent the girl very violent text messages, as well as pornographic images, according to police. Several messages included threats that he wanted to rape the girl.
Several messages also referenced a school shooting. One said “I’ll shoot up the school with u to go first.” Another read “I’m going to shoot up LC!!!!!!”
Those messages were sent to the girl between May 26 and May 29.
KXLY spoke with the victim’s mother who said when her daughter received the messages she first contacted her parents, then alerted Spokane school officials and police.
The young victim said she feared for her life and was worried a shooting would take place at Lewis & Clark.
Detectives were able to get search warrants for Facebook and Comcast Cable. Court documents say they determined the username was registered to a house that Lee lived in with his family.
Documents show that detectives conducted a traffic stop on a maroon BMW that Lee was in on May 30.
Lee agreed to be interviewed by Major Crimes and originally denied having an Instagram account, documents say. It goes on to say that Lee later admitted to creating the Instagram account, but said he was never actually going to go through with a school shooting. He also said he didn’t have access to any firearms.
Lee’s phone and a tablet have been sent to be forensically examined.
Lee was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital for a voluntary mental health evaluation. Police told KXLY once he was released from the hospital he would be arrested. Lee is currently not listed as an inmate in the Spokane County Jail.
Court documents say that Lee will be charged with two counts of harassment and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
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