Thursday Feb 17 2011
Man facing bomb threat, weapons charges
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph correspondent
Suspect in custody after two schools were placed on lockdown
PLACERVILLE — A 22-year-old man is in custody after reportedly making a bomb threat and bringing a gun onto the El Dorado campus of Folsom Lake College Thursday afternoon. Jason Ho La Rue, of Gold River, is in custody in the El Dorado County jail charged with two felony counts, reporting a false bomb threat and possessing a weapon at a school. His combined bail is $45,000. By 3 p.m. campus police had detained the suspect, according to Lt. Bryan Golmitz of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office. A press release issued late in the day by the sheriff's office indicates the gun was an "airsoft" rifle and the bomb threat was false. College students were evacuated and the campus was locked down, according to a statement released by Golmitz. All students and faculty were safe and no one was injured. Scott Crow, public information officer for Folsom Lake College, said classes for the remainder of the day and night would be canceled as law enforcement continued to comb the area looking for any explosive devices. “This is a bomb threat and we have to take it seriously,” he said. “A lot of the time these turn out to be nothing, but at the same time we have to take the most care we possibly can.” To that end, nearby Indian Creek elementary school and the adjacent Office of Education were initially placed on lockdown. Sandy Thulander of Placerville picked up her granddaughter Abbey McMurtry Thursday afternoon at Indian Creek school following the lockdown order. Abbey, 6, shivering in the cold, rainy downpour, didn’t seem fazed by the ordeal. “We had to go under the tables,” she said. “We were on lockdown and we got to read books.” The incident is of particular concern as it follows on the heels of the murder of a Placerville principal just two weeks ago. Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara was shot and killed in his office Feb. 2. John Luebbers, 44, a custodian at the school, has been charged with his murder. Luebbers reportedly left the campus that day and went to his El Dorado home, where he retrieved a gun. Luebbers, who has pleaded not guilty, reportedly told investigators that he drove back to the campus, walked into the school office and into the principal’s office. LaCara, an educator for 21 years in the Placerville Union School District, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Folsom Lake College campuses will be closed Friday as scheduled in observance of President’s weekend, Crow said.