Sylmar Man Charged With False Threat to LA County Fair


Sylmar Man Charged With False Threat to LA County Fair

POMONA (CNS) - A Sylmar man who allegedly e-mailed a false threat about a mass shooting at the Los Angeles County Fair is set to be arraigned today on a misdemeanor count.

Erik Jonathan Villasenor, 22, was charged Monday with making a false report of an emergency, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Villasenor allegedly e-mailed authorities Friday to falsely warn of an online threat of a shooting on Sunday, prosecutors said.

Pomona police Chief Michael Olivieri told reporters that the e-mail sent to the fair association warned that “someone was planning on doing a mass shooting Sunday at the fairgrounds.”

Villasenor subsequently admitted that it was a hoax, and that he had wanted to use it “as an excuse to his parents not to go to the fair,” according to the police chief.

If convicted as charged, Villasenor could face up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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