A 48-year-old student at MSJC has been arrested in connection with the bomb threat that occurred at MSJC at about 8 a.m., Thursday Jan. 24, campus officials announced today.
An unknown male caller had telephoned the campus and stated he had placed a bomb in a classroom that was going to explode.
MSJC police officers responded to the campus. They were assisted by officers from the San Jacinto Police Department and the Cal Fire Law Enforcement Unit.
Officers evacuated several classrooms and conducted an extensive search of the campus.
After approximately 45 minutes the area was deemed safe and students were returned to their classrooms. No explosive or suspicious device was located.
A criminal investigation was launched by the MSJC police department.
The investigation ultimately led to the 51000 block of Esperanza Avenue in the city of Cabazon.
MSJC police officers responded to the Cabazon location where they identified the suspect as Frank Blankenship, 48, of Cabazon. Blankenship is a current student at the college.
Blankenship confessed to making the bomb threat and was arrested for making a bomb threat and making terrorist threats.
He was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.
This investigation is ongoing and the MSJC PD is asking anyone that may have additional information regarding this incident to contact the department at 951-639-5188.