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Crime & Courts

Facebook threat leads to arrest following RB attack

RIVERSIDE – A 16-year-old male juvenile from Chicago was taken into custody March 21 for making threatening statements on Facebook towards students at Riverside Brookfield High School.

The threat was posted March 19 after a 17-year-old RB student who is a Bellwood resident was charged at the high school with several felonies, involving an attack on a female student in the school. A runaway from Romania, the teen was later released into the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Riverside police were notified later that night by a Brookfield resident with a student at RB that there were postings on Facebook which stated, "We're going to get five carloads of people and we're going to come and shoot up students on sight," in reference to students who had surrounded the attacker during the incident that morning.

Riverside police tracked down the Facebook account to an individual who lived in Chicago. After asking him to surrender himself, he notified police that he would not do so and that they'd have to come find him.

With the WEDGE Gang and Drug Task Force, Riverside police were able to take the juvenile into custody March 28 in the 1700 block of West Erie Street in Chicago. His parents were notified and he was transported back to the Riverside Police Department.

Meanwhile, questions remain why the student charged March 19, a Bellwood resident, attends RB.

A DCFS spokesman said while they cannot comment on the specifics of the case or those wards in their custody, but that DCFS would normally have no role in school placement, unless the ward was already attending a school before coming under DCFS custody.

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