Police: Former student who threatened Akins High School had ammo, smoke bombs in backpack

Police say 17-year-old Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro had loaded magazines, ammo and smoke grenades in his backpack when he threatened Akins High School on Thursday. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

An arrest affidavit says that the former student who threatened to "shoot up and blow up" Akins High School on Thursday had loaded magazines, ammo and smoke grenades in his backpack.

The threats from the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro, triggered a lock down at the high school and sent parents into a panic.

According to the Austin ISD police chief, Ramirez Navarro boarded a bus around 8:45 a.m. and made verbal threats to the school.

Police say he then came to the school, went to the front of the building, exposed some the ammo, clips and smoke grenades in his backpack and made further threats to the school.

That's when he allegedly threatened to "shoot and blow up the school," according to police.

After a tip from a student, the school was placed on lock down at 9:52 a.m.

When AISD Police officers arrived at the campus, the principal identified the suspect as Ramirez Navarro, saying he was no longer enrolled at the campus due to lack of attendance.

Officers spoke to several students, who said Ramirez Navarro was wearing a Gucci-style backpack that he was carrying the ammo and smoke grenades in and when asked what he was going to do with those, he said "I'm gonna shoot up and blow up the school."

The students all came forward to report the threats to school administrators.

After an extensive search of the area, Ramirez Navarro was found at Southpark Meadows around 10:25 a.m.

According to police, the loaded magazines, ammo and smoke grenades were found in his backpack.

Ramirez Navarro is charged with terroristic threat, a 3rd degree felony.

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