Police identify suspect behind threat that caused lockdown at Solvay High School

Police: Social media threat prompts lockdown at Solvay High School

Police have identified the suspect behind a threat that caused a lockdown of Solvay High School Monday is in custody.

Arun Siwakoti, 17, a student at the school, was located at his residence at 218 Synder Ave. in the town of Salina. He was taken into custody and an Air Soft replica handgun was recovered, according to Solvay Police.

Siwakoti was transported to the Solvay Police Department where he was processed and arraigned in the Village of Solvay Court. He was remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $10,000 cash/bond, according to police.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said the threat was a Snapchat photo of a gun sent by a 17-year-old boy to five other students, who then notified the school. The 17-year-old did not go to school Monday and therefore no weapon was ever on the premises, Fitzpatrick said. The gun in question turned out to be an air gun, according to Fitzpatrick.

Police conducted a thorough search of the facility with several K9 units.

Siwakoti is facing charges of Making a Terrorist Threat and Petit Larceny. The larceny charge stems from a claim that the air gun was taken from a neighbor's porch, Fitzpatrick said. As of now he's facing charges as an adult, Fitzpatrick said.

In the early stages of the lockout Solvay Police described it as a precautionary measure, saying there was no immediate threat to students, faculty or staff in the building.

Solvay school officials said less than half of students were picked up by their parents after the lockout; the rest continued with the school day as planned. Fitzpatrick said he believes Solvay School District officials handled the situation "very appropriately."

The district cancelled after-school academic and athletic activites for Monday.

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