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November 13, 2018: Man Charged with Threatening High School in West Covina

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Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A 21-year-old man was charged today with threatening to shoot up South Hills High School in West Covina last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff said Dereck Peña (dob 2/1/97) of West Covina faces two felony counts of criminal threats in case KA119502.

Arraignment is scheduled today in Dept. F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

On Nov. 7, Peña, who was a former student there, is charged with communicating threats of violence against the school to an ex-girlfriend, the prosecutor said. The victim notified the authorities and the school was evacuated.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison. Bail is scheduled at $50,000.

The case remains under investigation by the West Covina Police Department.