San Jose police have arrested Efren Loredo, a 49-year-old resident of San Jose, for allegedly making threats to blow up Yerba Buena High School and other targets. The threats were made between September 1 and September 11, according to police spokesperson Stacie Shih. Loredo claimed his intention to “blow up the campuses” on September 1. As a precautionary measure, officers conducted a search of Yerba Buena High School but did not find any dangerous devices.
In addition to the threat against the high school, Loredo also made multiple bomb threats and swatting calls at various locations throughout the city. Swatting calls involve making hoax calls to draw a large response from law enforcement. On September 11, officers responded to a residence linked to Loredo’s ex-girlfriend, where an online message had stated that someone in the home was planning to kill their family. However, no threat was perceived, and all occupants were found to be safe.
Loredo has a history of making threats against his ex-girlfriend and her current husband. He is also suspected of making threats and swatting calls in Redwood City and Kansas City, Missouri. San Jose Police Department officers arrested Loredo on Monday, and electronic devices were seized from his residence as evidence. He has been booked into a Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of making criminal threats, stalking, and violating a protective order.