MILPIAS – With most arrests in Milpitas dealing with drunk driving or petty theft at the Great Mall, a bomb threat being called into a school is an out of the ordinary assignment for officers and investigators. Following a day-long investigation, the Milpitas Police Department was able to announce the arrest of a 16-year-old suspect who was believed to be responsible for calling in a bomb threat to his High School.
According to Milpitas Sergeant Young, “On April 9, 2015 at approximately 8:17 a.m., Milpitas Police Officers responded to a bomb threat at Milpitas High School, located at 1285 Escuela Parkway.” Milpitas Police, along with bomb and explosives specialists, arrived at the scene after an unidentified male had called Milpitas High and left a message saying there was a bomb on campus, and to evacuate the school before it detonates.
Sergeant Young said, “Approximately 3200 students and staff were evacuated from MHS.” Milpitas Police Officers, the San Jose Bomb Squad, and Santa Clara County Bomb Squad, including their certified bomb detection K- 9’s, conducted a thorough search of the campus and did not locate any suspicious devices.
With all bomb threats, a standard has been set that all students and staff should exit the building to avoid any possibility that a bomb may have been left on campus. The students and staff were released at 10:00 a.m. and were not expected to return due to the serious nature of the incident.
The Milpitas PD Special Investigations Unit developed information which led to the arrest of a sixteen year-old Milpitas High School student, who was not identified as he is a minor.
Milpitas Police also announced the arrest of 18-year-old San Jose resident Cachius Lamiere Brown. According to Milpitas Police Sergeant Morales, “On April 14, 2015 at about 1:35 pm, a Milpitas Police Officer responded to Clark’s Bostonian Shoes, 550 Great Mall Drive, on a report of employees who chased away a male suspect from the employee area of the store.” The employee found that the suspect had stolen several credit cards and cash from purses belonging to employees.
A search of the area for the suspect ended with him still inside the Great Mall of the Bay Area. Following up during the course of the investigation, a responding Milpitas officer determined the suspect was responsible for an additional 11 counts of burglary from several other businesses located within the Great Mall. Records show that the burglaries occurred during business hours between March 4 and April 14. Morales said, “In addition to the burglaries, the suspect also fraudulently used two stolen credit cards belonging to two victims.”
Police were able to identify Brown as the person responsible for the thefts. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail for 12 counts of burglary and 2 counts of credit card fraud, and is awaiting his next hearing in the San Jose Hall of Justice.
Anyone with any information regarding this case or other similar incidents is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400 or the law enforcement jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website.