Washington Twp. man, 21, arrested by FBI, charged with school shooting threats

Threats last week were against California school Jaques had attended; FBI seizes guns from house, bomb squad detonates device.

A Washington Twp. man is facing federal charges related to online threats last week to commit a mass shooting at a California school.

Alex Jaques, 21, was charged federally Monday with making interstate threats, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. Jaques was arrested Monday morning after FBI agents executed a search warrant at his Alex Bell Road residence. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

The affidavit, filed by the FBI, alleges that “on or about” Nov. 14, the FBI National Threat Operations Center received an online tip regarding content from a specific YouTube account, commenting “I will do my own parkland’ under a video about the trial in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

On or about Nov. 15, the FBI NTOC received an additional tip regarding a video posted Sept. 30 by the same YouTube account, according to the affidavit.

In the video, Jaques allegedly uses multiple firearms to shoot a Chromebook computer and threatens to attack Washington Middle School in Salinas, California, according to a release by Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Affixed to the Chromebook was a Washington Middle School sticker.

The video shows an uzi-style weapon being discharged in rapid succession and multiple shots fired from a rifle-style weapon.

Law enforcement communicated with school officials in Salinas, California, and discovered that Jaques had been a student at a school within the same county in the 2018-2019 school year, according to the affidavit.

The individual narrating the video says, “Hello guys, we are going to be torture testing a … Washington Middle School Chromebook, yea Washington Middle School Chromebook from Salinas, California, where I plan to eventually return and … uh fill out my list of duties … that I have filled out with names and addresses of people who have wronged me throughout the years ,” according to the affidavit.

The individual then stabbed the laptop repeatedly with a screwdriver. He then says “Washington Middle School you are next” before firing at the Washington Middle School laptop multiple times with what appears to be three separate firearms, according to the affidavit.

Other videos on Jaques’s YouTube page allegedly depict the defendant driving while shooting a pistol at street signs and pulling a pin of a grenade and throwing it, with what appears to be a holstered firearm on his waist, the affidavit said.

While executing a search warrant at Jaques’ residence Monday, FBI agents seized eight firearms, including an uzi-style weapon that appears to be the firearm depicted in the video, according to the affidavit.

Agents also seized spent ammunition casings from various types of firearms, what appear to be two homemade suppressors, two laptop computers, a cellphone and “one item which appears to be a grenade — with the casing of a grenade but whose innards appeared to be tampered with,” the affidavit said.

The investigation into Jaques shut down the 600 block of West Alex Bell Road in Washington Twp. on Monday morning as the FBI conducted a “court-authorized law enforcement activity” at a home there, FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren told this news outlet.

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The FBI requested the Dayton Bomb Squad, and the bomb squad removed a device that was transported to Washington Twp. Fire Station 43, 10499 Dayton-Lebanon Pike. It was safely destroyed behind the station around 9:30 a.m. via a controlled detonation by the bomb squad, township officials said.

“The device ‘rendered safe’ was the grenade that was located today and mentioned in the affidavit,” Lindgren said.