Man Arrested For Allegedly Making Threats Against Students in West Covina

WEST COVINA (CNS) - A 21-year-old man was arrested and replica firearms and two machetes were seized at his home today after detectives investigating what turned out to be an unfounded threat of a school shooting came to learn of a video that allegedly threatened students at South Hills High School in West Covina.

Officers investigated, deemed the threat credible and a search for the suspect was launched, according to West Covina Police Department Sgt. Tim Rogers.

“During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Derek Pena, 21 years old, from West Covina,” Rogers said.

Detectives located and arrested Pena at his home, Rogers said.

“A search warrant was obtained for the suspect's residence, which revealed replica assault rifles, replica handguns, replica body armor and two real machetes,” Rogers said.

Pena was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and his bail was set at $50,000, according to Rogers.

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