14-year-old California boy arrested for making threats in a group text message

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A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection with allegedly making threats in a group text this week, the Porterville Police Department announced.

According to police, two teens were brought to the police department by their parents to report receiving multiple threatening text messages in a group chat.

Police said the teens received the threat from an unfamiliar phone number and later learned that the messages were being sent on a thread, containing four more teenagers by name.

The six text recipients were familiar with each other and attend Porterville-area high schools, police said.

Detectives interviewed all six on Tuesday and one confessed to sending the threatening messages, including himself in the group text message in an attempt to avoid suspicion.

The teenager was charged with making criminal threats and was booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.