“Threats of any kind against a school will not be tolerated”stated Sheriff Vern Warnke after the arrest of Carlos Aguilar. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office hasarrested 29 year old Carlos Aguilar from Winton for making criminal threats andresisting arrest. On February 21, 2018Sergeant Kevin Blake was in communication with social media site administratorswho advised him of threats being made from Aguilar. Essentially Aguilar was threatening a schoolshooting. Sergeant Kevin Blake andDeputy Herman Prock went to Aguilar’s home where he became combative andstarting fighting deputies. Aguilar wasplaced under arrest and booked into the Merced County jail.
Detective Adam Deniz began investigating the case and questioned Aguilar in regards to videos he had made saying “If I do stupid shit they would need to kill me on the spot and the cops would Swiss cheese me instantly” and “now I know why that white boy Eric Harris from Columbine made the basement tapes because no one would cut him off and no one would take his camera.” During Detective Deniz’s interview withAguilar, he apologized for what he had said on social media and stated “I wassmoking [marijuana] and drinking and may have been very intoxicated when makingthe video.” Aguilar continued by sayingthat there were other people in the chat room antagonizing and making fun ofhim, which made him mad and may have said “stupid shit he didn’t mean.”
The threat was shutdown by social media sites before any specific schools were mentioned and Aguilarstated he would not act on anything he said during the threats nor would weshoot up a school. Detective Deniz hasinvestigated the case to the fullest extent and was able to determine Aguilarhad no intention of acting on the threats and admitted he “said some things andthinking things he should not have been thinking about”.
The purpose of this post is to inform the public that lawenforcement and social media sites are working together and communicating witheach other to keep the children and community safe. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office will takeaction on any tips made about threats of harm to anyone and will prosecute tothe full extent of the law. If you haveany information about possible threats in our community, please contact the MercedCounty Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445.