18-year-old Grayson Alexander Barry was arrested Thursday in connection to a bomb threat called in to Naples High School that morning.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect investigators believe was Barry placed a call to Naples High School at 8:56 a.m. The suspect who made the bomb threat stated three explosive packages were on campus and would detonate in one hour.
A follow-up investigation led CCSO investigators to trace the call to a Google Voice account that allegedly belongs to Barry. Investigators determined probable cause for an arrest based on this information and linking the Google Voice account to a cell phone that allegedly belongs to Barry and an IP address utilized by his employer.
According to the Naples Police Department, at 9:13 a.m. Naples Police received notification from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office of a bomb threat at the Naples High School.
Law enforcement officers from the Naples Police and Collier County Sheriff’s Office responded and searched the school for suspicious packages. A package was located in the area of the gymnasium labeled #3.
Naples High School administration made the decision to immediately evacuate all students to the Coastland Center Mall parking lot and ultimately transported by bus to Gulfview Middle School. Another suspicious package was located in the area of the football field. Each package was examined and cleared by the bomb squad and the all-clear was given at 1:45 p.m.
However, the entire school was evacuated due to the call, and rumors ran rampant on social media, including reports of an active shooter and more reported bombs throughout the school. All of the rumors proved to be unsubstantiated, and no explosive devices were found on campus.
Barry faces a charge of making a false report of a bomb, explosive, or weapon of mass destruction. He is in custody on a $10,000 bond.
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