Marcellus (WSYR-TV) – A Marcellus student was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies who say he placed two threatening phone calls that prompted a lockdown at his high school on Wednesday.
Jacob Downing, 17, of 4361 Slate Hill Rd., Marcellus, was charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the first degree and one count of falsely reporting of an incident in the third degree.
Sheriff’s Deputies say Downing’s phone calls prompted Marcellus High School officials to lock down the school for over three hours
Sheriff’s Investigators say Downing made the first phone call at 8:15 a.m., shortly after being dismissed due to illness. They say Downing told 911 personnel that a student armed with a weapon was going to kill students. He told dispatchers that he was the armed student.
Several police agencies arrived at the high school and began investigating the call.
Sheriff’s Investigators learned that Downing was not at school and, while they were on their way to his home, a second threat was received via text message claiming that a bomb was in the building.
A search was conducted and investigators determined that no bomb was in the building.
Sheriff’s Deputies took Downing’s cell phone after they located him at his home. They did not find any additional items after searching the home.
He was arraigned in Town of Marcellus Court on Wednesday evening.