“Threats of any kind against a school will not be tolerated”
stated Sheriff Vern Warnke after the arrest of Carlos Aguilar. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office hasarrested 29 year old Carlos Aguilar from Winton for making criminal threats and
resisting arrest. On February 21, 2018Sergeant Kevin Blake was in communication with social media site administrators
who advised him of threats being made from Aguilar. Essentially Aguilar was threatening a schoolshooting. Sergeant Kevin Blake and
Deputy Herman Prock went to Aguilar’s home where he became combative andstarting fighting deputies. Aguilar was
placed under arrest and booked into the Merced County jail.
Detective Adam Deniz began investigating the case and questioned Aguilar in regards to videos he had made saying “If I do stupid shit they would need to kill me on the spot and the cops would Swiss cheese me instantly” and “now I know why that white boy Eric Harris from Columbine made the basement tapes because no one would cut him off and no one would take his camera.” During Detective Deniz’s interview withAguilar, he apologized for what he had said on social media and stated “I was
smoking [marijuana] and drinking and may have been very intoxicated when makingthe video.” Aguilar continued by saying
that there were other people in the chat room antagonizing and making fun ofhim, which made him mad and may have said “stupid shit he didn’t mean.”
The threat was shut
down by social media sites before any specific schools were mentioned and Aguilarstated he would not act on anything he said during the threats nor would we
shoot up a school. Detective Deniz hasinvestigated the case to the fullest extent and was able to determine Aguilar
had no intention of acting on the threats and admitted he “said some things andthinking things he should not have been thinking about”.
The purpose of this post is to inform the public that law
enforcement and social media sites are working together and communicating witheach other to keep the children and community safe. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office will take
action on any tips made about threats of harm to anyone and will prosecute tothe full extent of the law. If you have
any information about possible threats in our community, please contact the MercedCounty Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445.