At 8:22 AM, the Bradenton Police Department responded to a call of a subject making threats of shooting and having a bomb at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St W. Officers were able to determine a suspect had entered the car drop off lane and made threats against the school before fleeing. An off-duty Bradenton Police Officer working at the school was able to obtain a license plate from the vehicle. Through intelligence, we were able to determine the suspect’s name and address. We also learned that he had a previous encounter with law enforcement yesterday and was armed at that time. We were concerned that he may be armed today as well.
Detectives linked the vehicle back to a name and set up surveillance on a residence in the 3300 block of 4th St E. During the surveillance, the vehicle returned to the residence and the suspect who made the threats was taken into custody without incident.
Jason Kadeem Wilkinson
Threat to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device. – Second Degree Felony
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon – Second Degree Felony
While law enforcement was actively searching for the suspect, schools around Manatee County were alerted of the incident. Law enforcement personnel were stationed around schools and extra patrols were conducted during the 2 hour search. The Manatee County School District was made aware of this incident and determination for school lockdowns was left up to them.
Anyone having information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300, or Detective Dennis French at 941-932-9329. You may also email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.