The Prince George’s County Police Department Homeland Security Division detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a threat of mass violence to High Point High School in Beltsville. The suspect is 20-year-old Alejandro Avelar of the 2200 block of Tecumseh Street in Adelphi.
The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect used his Twitter account to threaten to bring guns and explosives to High Point High School this afternoon. Avelar, an alumnus of High Point High School, is charged with Threat of Mass Violence and other related charges. During this investigation, detectives have been able to verify that Avelar does not have access to firearms or explosives.
Detectives ask that anyone who sees threats of violence on social media to please call police immediately instead of forwarding that post. This helps detectives trace the origin of the threat more quickly.
“The Prince George’s County Police Department will continue to take seriously all threats against targets in this county and will work aggressively to arrest whoever is responsible for sending those threats,” police said Tuesday.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.