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Teen Accused Of Sending Texts That Prompted School Lockdown

Reported by: Send eMail Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 3:42 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 4:43 PM EST

Photo Courtesy Parkersburg Police
Photo Courtesy Parkersburg Police

Parkersburg, Wood County , West Virginia

A Parkersburg teenager was arrested after police said he allegedly sent a series of threatening text messages, including a photo of a gun, and said he would kill a male juvenile.

Jonathan Michael Loncala, 18, was charged with the misdemeanor crime of using a cell phone to threaten to commit a crime against any person or property, according to a news release from Parkersburg police.

Police said Loncala allegedly sent a series of text messages to another person, including a text that included the photo of a gun, and indicated he was going to get a gun and kill another juvenile male, police said.

At about 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, Parkersburg High School was placed on lockdown, and police officers responded to search for the suspect. It was also determined that there was never a gun on school property during the incident.

The release said an officer contacted Loncala by phone, and he agreed to meet at the police department for an interview.

Loncala was then released to the custody of his father while paperwork was being drafted to officially charge him. During the transport, police said, Loncala walked away from his father's vehicle, prompting another brief lockdown at Parkersburg High School. He was then returned to the police department and was placed under arrest.

Parkersburg South High School was put on lockdown for about 10 minutes as a precaution because Loncala reportedly has a girlfriend enrolled at the school, police said.

Loncala remained in the North Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond Wednesday.

If convicted of the charge, he could face more than a $500 fine and or up to six months in jail.



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