Authorities ID suspect who allegedly wrote of killing children
This post has been updated. See note at bottom for details.
Authorities have identified 21-year-old Eric Yee of Santa Clarita as the suspect arrested Monday after he allegedly wrote a blog post mentioning "The Dark Knight" movie theater shooting in Colorado and saying he would not mind killing kids.
The Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station was notified of the alleged comments by authorities in Bristol, Conn., who had linked Yee to a residence in the 23000 block of Edenton Place, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The home overlooks Santa Clarita Elementary and Arroyo Seco Junior High.
Yee is alleged to have posted threats against children on an ESPN Internet site, according to an updated statement released Tuesday by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Authorities said there was no immediate indication that other suspects might be involved in the incident, which is still under investigation.
On Monday, sheriff’s officials said detectives from their agency remained in contact with Bristol police and Yale University police, but the department did not say what the suspect’s connection was, if any, with Yale or the city of Bristol. More information would be released as it became available, said Deputy Joshua Dubin a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Authorities said the visibility of deputies and patrols were being stepped up around all local schools, and School Resource deputies were working closely with school administrators to address concerns.
All Santa Clarita Valley schools remained in session, and investigators were “not aware of any additional threats or concerns” to schools in the area, Dubin said.
When detectives searched Yee’s home on Monday, they found several firearms, authorities said.
Yee was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley station on suspicion of making terrorist threats. He is being held at the station in lieu of $ 1-million, authorities said.
Dubin said the case was expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office Wednesday.
[Updated at 5:00 p.m. Sept. 18: When asked why the bail amount for Yee was set at $1 million, Dubin said the Sheriff’s Department had requested “a bail enhancement because of the totality of the situation.” He would not elaborate.]
-- Ann M. Simmons in Santa Clarita