ST. GEORGE, Utah — UPDATE: Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.
A warrant served at the male juvenile’s home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.
The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View.
The suspect was arrested and faces charges of manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. More charges may be pending, according to police.
It was determined that if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death.
The device was disarmed and the suspect identified. The suspect is a juvenile male who was attending a class at Pine View High School.
(KUTV) — A juvenile was arrested Tuesday morning after a ‘potentially’ dangerous homemade device was found at Pine View High School on Monday.
The juvenile was interviewed as a person of interest, police say.
During the interview with investigators, the suspect admitted to taking the American flag down and replacing it with an ISIS flag at Hurricane High School.
The suspect also admitted to spray painting “ISIS IS COMI” on the school that same morning, police say.
On Monday afternoon, investigators served a search warrant at the suspect’s home, which found several items that tied the suspect to the crime at Hurricane High School.
According to police, the suspect was arrested and placed in juvenile detention.
This investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.
Hurricane Police Department spoke regarding the investigation on Tuesday morning: