Grand Terrace man pleads not guilty to "Virginia Tech"-style terrorist threats
A Grand Terrace man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he made threats on his Facebook page that he was planning a "Virginia Tech"-style shooting at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, where he is a student.
Stanley Roring, 30, of Grand Terrace, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making terrorist threats. He was booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. His bail was set at $50,000.
"It was information reported from someone who is a friend or acquaintance of (Roring's) on Facebook," said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "Obviously, it was very alarming once that was read."
Roring pleaded not guilty at Central Detention Center Thursday to one felony count of criminal threats.
The threat was a "general, blanket threat" against the school, and did not lay out specific plans for an attack, Bachman said.
"But he did indicate that (the attack) would be similar to the shooting at Virginia Tech," she said.
Roring also posted messages of impending "genocide" at the school, officials said.
After being alerted to the threat, college police contacted the Sheriff's Department, who moved very quickly to investigate the claims and take Roring into custody.
"At 11 (a.m.), we were notified and by 3 p.m., (Roring) was in custody," Bachman said.
Investigators served a search warrant at Roring's home after arresting him nearby. They recovered evidence at the home but Bachman said detectives won't release details about what they found.
Crafton Hills president Gloria Harrison said college staff was "stunned and horrified" to learn of the threats.
"However, we are gratified at the courage of the person who reported this matter and grateful to the law enforcement officers who resolved the matter so quickly and without any injury to anyone and without any disruption of classes or work at Crafton Hills College," she wrote in a prepared statement.
Roring is still entitled to due process within the San Bernardino Community College District apart from any criminal proceedings, said Alisa Moore, spokeswoman for the district.
"We have already started the process for disciplinary action," Moore said. "Those processes have been initiated, his due process rights will be protected."
Roring has a weapons charge in his criminal record. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner. He was sentenced to 33 days in jail and three years probation.
Bachman said it is likely that Roring may undergo an evaluation to determine his mental state.
"If he was mentally prepared to commit a violent act like this or if he was looking for some attention, he definitely got some attention from law enforcement," Bachman said.
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