A man who pointed a handgun at students seated at a table in the Mt. San Jacinto College cafeteria threatened to shoot them before he walked away without firing a shot, authorities said.
Gregory Abejon, 26, was in custody Thursday in lieu of posting bond on $2 million bail after being arrested on suspicion of making a terrorist threat, brandishing a firearm, and bringing a loaded firearm onto a school campus.
A terrorist threat allegation is applied to any person suspected of threatening someone with death or injury. It was unclear if the gun was recovered. On Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies had said it was uncertain if the handgun was a real one or perhaps a pellet gun.
The San Jacinto man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, where Riverside County sheriff’s deputies said he went intending to flee the country after the 9:30 a.m. incident that shut down the San Jacinto campus for the day, with students sheltering in place for nearly five hours.
Abejon had “threatened to shoot the nearby students,” a sheriff’s statement about the incident said. Investigators learned that Abejon, who authorities said was a student at the college, was going to try to flee the country via Los Angeles International Airport.
That information, and a photo of Abejon, was relayed to Los Angeles Airport police, whose officers monitored crowds at an international terminal gate. They spotted Abejon and took him into custody before he boarded his flight, airport police Sgt. Rob Pedregon said.
Mt. San Jacinto College and all of its satellite campuses were open Thursday.
Crisis and mental-health counselors were available at the main campus health center, Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent-President Roger Schultz said in an email to students.