TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - A 15-year-old male suspect is in custody after making threats against a Phoenix Muslim Church on Monday.
On April 22, 2019 at approximately 8:45 p.m., a juvenile witness reported to his parents that a classmate of his said he wanted to “blow up a Muslim Church.” Phoenix Police Officers responded to the scene and information was obtained from the witness. The witness said he did not observe any weapons or devices that would allow the suspect to act upon his statement.
The following day, the two young men were at Pinnacle High School, located in the area of 3500 E. Mayo Boulevard, when the witness observed the suspect in possession of a plastic bag containing several pounds of a white powdery substance. At that time, he immediately went to the school office to report what he had seen. The school staff brought the 15-year-old suspect and the powder to the school administration building and Phoenix Police officers were called to the scene.
The powdery substance was tested by EOD officers and it was determined that the substance was several pounds of potassium nitrate, which is a salt like substance. It is not dangerous by itself, but can be mixed with other chemicals to create a flash powder. The substance can be ordered through the mail according to authorities.
The suspect was taken to Phoenix Police Headquarters where he is being interviewed by detectives.
The suspect made no threats against the school, and at this time, there is no indication that the school or anyone connected with the school was in danger.
The circumstances did not necessitate a lock down of the school.