Daniel Issac Marquez 5th grade Cape Coral Florida boy at Patriot Elementary arrested for making mass shooting threat against school.
Authorities said the ten year old boy, identified as Daniel Issac Marquez, a fifth grader at the school made a threatening text message, which was discovered on Saturday.
Sheriff Carmine Marceno with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said, ‘This student’s behavior is sickening, especially after the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Making sure our children are safe is paramount. We will have law and order in our schools! My team didn’t hesitate one second… NOT ONE SECOND, to investigate this threat.’
Detectives interviewed the suspect and got probable cause for his arrest.
Sheriff Marceno said, ‘Right now is not the time to act like a little delinquent. It’s not funny. This child made a fake threat, and now he’s experiencing real consequences.’
10 year old boy’s text threat released
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who touts himself as Florida’s ‘law and order sheriff,’ defended publicly exposing the juvenile by saying ‘a child pulling a trigger equals the same aftermath.’
The boy’s alleged text read: ‘I scammed my friend’ and included a Google image of money, according to his arrest report.
‘I bought this,’ he added a few seconds later, a included an image of four assault rifles.
Marquez then stated: ‘Get ready for water day,’ referencing a recent school-sponsored event in which students participate in water activities, like playing in sprinklers.
‘He described wads of cash and ‘get ready’ to commit a mass shooting,’ Marceno said of the text during a W radio interview Monday, adding: ‘We don’t wait one second. We investigate every threat as if it’s real.’
‘Every single threat is real. Every threat is real until you prove not,’ Marceno added.
The sheriff also commented on the boy’s very public arrest, saying that ‘fake threats’ result in ‘real consequences.’
‘I did a campaign. Fake threat, real consequence.’
‘I did a campaign. Fake threat, real consequence. While I understand the boy is 10 years old. His brain’s not fully developed, he’s a juvenile, I have to tell you. When a 10-year-old presses a trigger, the aftermath is the same regardless of the age,’ the sheriff explained.
The fake threat was the second time in a week the community was rocked by the threat of violence against a school. A woman on Thursday said she would go to a high school graduation in the area with a bomb strapped to her chest.
It remained unclear what led to the ten year old boy making a threat against the Florida school.