The FBI has arrested a Grants, New Mexico man after he posted an alleged threat to shoot people at his school on the Internet.
Paulo Nikko Peral, 20, made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. He remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing which are scheduled for tomorrow morning.
The criminal complaint alleges that Peral asked whether he "should go up to [his] school and start shooting people" in a posting on an Internet website that allows individuals to post questions and answers.
In a subsequent Internet posting, Peral allegedly said, "Its [sic] not a joke. I planned it and now all I have to do is actions."
If convicted of the offense charged in the complaint, Peral faces a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment. A complaint merely establishes probable cause. Peral is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.