Former CCSD Student Tied to FBI Suspect

LAS VEGAS -- A former student arrested Friday at Northwest Career and Technical Academy had multiple guns and knives with him, but did not intend to hurt students at the school despite his close association with a man in FBI custody for making terrorist threats.

That information comes from the Metro Police arrest report on Jake Howell, 18, of Orem, Utah, who is charged with five counts of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.

Police were dispatched Friday morning to Northwest CTA on reports there could be a shooting at the school that day. Responding officers were informed that friends of Steven Fernandez were planning an attack on the school to get revenge for the arrest of Fernandez. A former student, Fernandez is in FBI custody for possession of weapons and explosive materials, and making terrorist threats.

While interviewing a current student tied to Fernandez, police were informed Howell was on the school campus. Officers questioned Howell, who said that he and his friends had founded a small militia group and were preparing for a "society collapse" on that day, December 21.

Police saw a rifle in plain view in Howell's car in the school parking lot. A further search of the car revealed two more guns, three knives and various survival gear. Howell denied any intent of revenge on behalf of Fernandez and any plan to hurt students, saying he was there to visit former teachers.


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