Man Arrested for Threatening Mass Shooting at UPS, Weapons and Ammunition Seized
Photo: Thomas Andrews
SUNNYVALE — With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, Sunnyvale police arrested a man suspected of planning a mass shooting. The suspect was apparently targeting a United Parcel Services facility.
Thomas Andrews, 32, a UPS employee, was arrested on Highway 101, near Bailey Road. Andrews was taken into custody following a pursuit on the freeway by Sunnyvale police and CHP officers.
On March 1 at 8 p.m., Sunnyvale police received a report that UPS was receiving threatening messages from an employee. These texts indicated that Andrews was planning a mass shooting at his place of employment.
Police investigating these threats discovered that Andrews was the registered owner of four handguns and one rifle. Sunnyvale officers on the lookout, spotted him driving the area of Fair Oaks and Maude avenues at 11:15 p.m.
A traffic stop was attempted, but Andrews led officers in pursuit onto southbound Highway 101, where the CHP joined the chase.
Andrews appeared inebriated at the time of his arrest, and his residence in Sunnyvale was subsequently searched. Evidence recovered from his apartment included weapons, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and body armor.
Five tactical-style rifles, three handguns, one shotgun, and several backpacks containing ammunition were recovered. All this was found inside his apartment by the front door.
Andrews is being held in Santa Clara County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, pending a March 4 court appearance. He faces charges for numerous weapons violations, making criminal threats, evading police and a DUI.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case can call Sunnyvale police detective Barron Renzi at (408) 730-7712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.