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Fresno Suspect in 3 School Shooting Threat Calls Arrested

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Jose Luis Castaneda was arrested in connection with social media threats at several Fresno Unified high schools. (Fresno Police photo)
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A 23-year-old Fresno man was arrested Tuesday in connection with multiple phone threats about shootings at Bullard, Edison, and Fresno high schools on Monday.

Police said the suspect, Jose Luis Casteneda, attempted to conceal his identity and phone information, but detectives were able to identify him. He was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the area of Dakota and Hughes avenues and booked in Fresno County Jail on three felony counts of making criminal threats.

Monday’s calls were the latest in the region since the start of the school year. One of the first that occurred last month at Bullard prompted a massive police response to the northwest Fresno campus. The Bullard call was one of many that may have been placed from out of the country, and those calls reportedly are under federal investigation.

In a news release Tuesday, the Fresno Police Department called the hoax shooting calls “intolerable” and said they have a “tremendous negative impact” on the community.

“The Fresno Police Department, along with all of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, will investigate each and every threat made against our schools and our children and will hold those responsible accountable,” the news release said.

Although Casteneda has been arrested, police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Calls Create Panic, Waste Resources

Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley told GV Wire on Wednesday that the hoax calls not only cause unneeded panic in the community but also use up police resources that could be going elsewhere in the city.

Even though the calls thus far have been hoaxes, the department will continue to treat each new incident as a potential crime until investigators determine otherwise, he said.

Dooley said the best sources of information about these incidents are the police department, school district, and local news media.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email