Prosecutors Reviewing Mt. San Jacinto College Gun Scare Case

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Prosecutors Reviewing Mt. San Jacinto College Gun Scare Case

by Contributing Editor

Felony charges may be filed Friday against a 26-year-old man accused of brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot students at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Gregory Joshua Abejon of San Jacinto was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation into the alleged threats.

Abejon was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of making terrorist threats, brandishing a firearm and illegal possession of a loaded gun. He’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall told City News Service that prosecutors had received a request for charges from the sheriff’s department, and the “case is under review.”

“No filing decision has been made at this time,” Hall said Thursday afternoon.

Abejon’s constitutionally guaranteed speedy arraignment hearing will come due Friday. If no charges have been filed, he’ll be released, though he could be subject to re-arrest.

Classes at Mt. San Jacinto College resumed Thursday morning, with counselors available to students and staff affected by the incident.

Abejon allegedly approached diners in the campus cafeteria about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, flashed a handgun and threatened to shoot them. No shots were fired, and the suspect fled immediately afterward, sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton said.

Deputies who provide security at the campus were summoned, as were patrol deputies from the Hemet and San Jacinto stations.

The campus was locked down as a search got underway to find the gunman. Lockdowns were also ordered at three nearby San Jacinto Unified School District campuses — San Jacinto Leadership Academy, Clayton A. Record Junior Elementary School and Betty Gibble Learning Center.

An all-clear was given at those campuses shortly before 1:30 p.m. The college lockdown was lifted about the same time, and students and faculty were allowed to leave, but classes were canceled for the remainder of the day.

Abejon was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport about 3 p.m., preparing to board a flight in an alleged attempt to flee the country.

“We’re very thankful for the quick response by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and its swift apprehension of the suspect,” Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent Roger Schultz said. “We also thank our students, faculty and staff for their patience and cooperation during the lockdown.”

A possible motive for Abejon’s alleged actions has not been disclosed.

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