Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Third Suspect Arrested in 2012 Regina High School Bomb Threats

There were a couple bomb threats last August and September at Regina High School, Iowa's City's local Catholic school. Both were fortunately fake bomb threats. Shortly after the second bomb threat, two teenage Regina students were arrested on suspicion of first-degree harassment. At the time of the arrests, police noted that they were seeking a third person unaffiliated with the Regina Catholic Education Center. We just learned that a third suspect has been arrested related to these two bomb threats:
Kashawn Supreme Deas, 21, of Allentown, Penn., was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of calling the K-12 school numerous times on both Aug. 20 and Sept. 19 and threatening to blow it up.

According to criminal complaints, Deas is accused of calling Regina, 2150 Rochester Ave., at 8:56 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. on Aug. 20, demanding money and saying, “I am going to blow up the school, get the kids out now.” His third call on that day went unanswered because the school had been evacuated, according to police.

On Sept. 19, Deas is accused of calling Regina at 12:09 p.m., 12:12 p.m. and 12:33 p.m. He called two more times, but those – again – went unanswered because the school had been evacuated. During his September calls, Deas is accused of demanding money and saying, “I am going to run into the school with a bomb strapped to myself, get out now,” according to the complaints.
Deas apparently connected with the other suspects, Austin and Alex Troyer through online gaming. According to the police arrest warrant (via the Press-Citizen), the Troyer brothers allegedly convinced Deas to call in the bomb threats presumably -- and I'm just guessing on this last point -- to get out of school.

I checked out the local arrest blotter, but it's unclear what he was actually charged with. Newspaper reports indicate that he faces five counts of making threats, which is a class D felony.

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