****Update: April 9th, 2018 at 5:45pm****
This is an open and active investigation; therefore all of the specific details cannot be released. We are working closely with our prosecutors on this case. When the investigation is complete, if appropriate, charges will be filed. Based on the information we have, we do not believe the male is a public safety risk. At no time was there a specific preschool mentioned in the threat. The sharing of this information is not to cause alarm in the public, but rather to be transparent in our response to this incident. We will continue to keep you updated.
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ****
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) contacted the Ramsey Police Department regarding a threat they had intercepted. The threat had been posted on a chat board for an online video game. The threat stated the person was planning to harm people at a preschool, but did not identify a specific location. The Ramsey Police Department takes these threats very seriously, and responded to assist the FBI immediately.
During the investigation, a 19-year-old male Ramsey resident was identified and interviewed. During the interview, the male admitted to making the threat but had no intent on carrying it out. A search of his home was also conducted. Based on the entire investigation, it was determined the threat was not credible.
This threat was intercepted and investigated promptly, all prior to school starting Monday. The FBI and Ramsey Police Department are continuing to monitor this incident. We are notifying the public to ensure they are aware of this incident and that it is a top priority. Even though this threat was not deemed credible, we have provided extra police presence to the area preschools.
If you would like to speak with a Ramsey Police Officer about this threat, you may call the Ramsey Police Department directly at (763)427-6812. As is always good practice, continue to be vigilant for suspicious vehicles and people, specifically in school areas. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call 911.