A 17-year-old Chino Hills boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making threats against Chino Hills High School five months ago using a spoofed social media account.
The teen, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested for making criminal threats. He was released to his parents, according to the Chino Hills Police Department.
“After an extensive investigation, detectives located the suspect that created the fraudulent profile and made the threats,” Detective Kyle Glozer said.
On March 21, Chino Hills police received a report of a threatening message on social media that appeared to involve students from Chino Hills High, the detective said.
“Investigators determined the message was posted from a fraudulently created spoofed account,” Detective Glozer said.
The name and photograph of a Chino Hills High student was used on the spoofed account, making it seem the threats were coming from that student.
Detective Glozer said an investigation showed the student was not involved in setting up the fake social media account and was not responsible for making the threats.
After it was determined the account was fake, Chino Hills police contacted the social media company and the account was removed.
Anyone with information on the case can call Chino Hills Police at 364-2000 or the WeTip Hotline at (800) 782-7463.