Bomb Scare Suspect Nabbed By MSJC Police

An arrest has been made in Thursday's bomb scare on the San Jacinto campus of Mt. San Jacinto College.

Mt. San Jacinto College police worked quickly to determine who made a bomb threat Thursday at the San Jacinto campus that forced the evacuation of several classrooms.

MSJC Police Chief Dave Fontneau reported that an arrest was made in the case that led them out to the desert.

Cabazon resident and MSJC student Frank Blankenship, 48, was arrested Thursday by MSJC police in the 51000 block of Esperanza Avenue on suspicion of making bomb threats and terrorist threats, Fontneau said.

The investigation began shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday when Fontneau’s team received a report of a bomb threat. The caller stated he had placed a bomb in a classroom that was going to explode, Fontneau explained.

Along with MSJC police, deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department and law enforcement officers from Cal Fire were called to the scene.

After an extensive campus search, it was determined there was no bomb and it was deemed safe for students and teachers to return to the classrooms, Fontneau said.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to contact the MSJC Police Department at 951-639-5188.

Katie Rucker January 25, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I used to work down the street from the campus, and I'm honestly not surprised in the least. In the year that I worked in San Jacinto, I heard gunshots several times, a dead body was found down the street from my work, some kid plowed down a bunch of high schoolers with his vehicle, and every day I was almost hit by vehicles driven by people that I am SURE do not possess a license. It's not exactly what you'd call a piece of paradise.
Brenda January 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I have only been there once Katie with my daughter to pick up papers. It is one of the worse ghetto, gang type area we have in Riverside County I think. What you are saying in comments just confirms that and no women, or men for that matter should be on that campus.
M. Lee Davis January 28, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Oh, Brenda! You are so sheltered in you little bubble of a perfect life. Have you not been to Downtown Riverside? Or what about most of Perris. How about 90% of Moreno Valley. Lake Elsinore is not too far behind either. The college has it's own police force and thousands of students (both male and female) attend all their campuses each year safely.


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