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Posted on: April 29, 2013

[ARCHIVED] W. A. Hough High School Bomb Threat Incident and Evacuation

Over the past week, the Cornelius Police Department has been investigating the suspicious package incident at William A. Hough High School that occurred on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. During the course of the investigation, Cornelius Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Detectives developed new information on Monday, April 29 that resulted in the arrest of Bronco Villafranca, an 18 year old student. Detectives were informed by Villafranca that another male, juvenile student was in possession of a suspicious package. Villafranca is being transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and is being charged with perpetrating a hoax by use of a false bomb and conspiracy. A secure custody order has been obtained for the juvenile student and he will be transported to a juvenile detention facility.

After evacuating the school on Monday morning, Cornelius Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Bomb Squad determined that the suspicious package was non-hazardous. At no time did Cornelius Police believe the campus was in danger, but as a precaution a thorough follow-up sweep of the school was conducted.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time. Cornelius Police would like to thank Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Bomb Squad, Charlotte Fire Department, Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue, Mecklenburg County Medic and the W.A. Hough High School staff for their outstanding support in this investigation.

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