UPDATE: Nov. 6, 10:15 p.m.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released more information about the 26-year-old man they said threatened Mt. San Jacinto College San Jacinto campus students with a handgun before fleeing the scene and ultimately being captured at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
According to a release by Sergeant James Burton, “Witnesses reported a male, later identified as 26-year-old San Jacinto resident Gregory Abejon, had entered the cafeteria on the campus, brandished a handgun, and threatened to shoot the nearby students.
Burton wrote that Abrejon then left the campus without firing a shot and the school, along with three nearby schools were placed on lockdown for several hours.
Abejon was subsequently located at LAX, arrested and will be booked into a local jail for charges of terrorist threats and brandishing a firearm.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Barba at the Hemet Station at 951-791-3400.
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m.
With the capture of the man alleged to have brandished a weapon in front of students at Mt. San Jacinto College on Wednesday, Nov. 6 resulting in a school lockdown and thorough search of the campus by sheriff’s deputies, MSJC officials announced in a press release that all campuses will reopen and classes will resume for students and staff on Thursday morning.
The release also indicated that there will be increased law enforcement on campus to ensure the safety of students, employees, and visitors. Counselors will be available for those affected by the incident.
“We’re very thankful for the quick response by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and its swift apprehension of the suspect,” Dr. Roger Schultz, superintendent/president of MSJC, said in the release. “With their full support and fast reaction, everyone was kept safe and then released in an orderly fashion. We appreciate everything they do for us and the community. We also thank our students, faculty and staff for their patience and cooperation during the lockdown. Safety of our students, employees and visitors is our utmost priority.”
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 3:45 p.m.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced that 25-year-old Greg Abejon, the man suspected of bringing a gun to Mt. San Jacinto College’s San Jacinto campus, walking into the school’s cafeteria and brandishing the weapon in front of students before fleeing was captured at Los Angeles International Airport.
Abejon was arrested after checking-in at the airport in an attempt to flee the country with the help of Los Angeles Airport Police, Calfornia Border Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department.
There was no additional information available.
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has lifted all lockdowns at Mt. San Jacinto College and nearby schools.
There was no indication that the suspect was in custody.
UPDATE: Nov. 6, 1:15 p.m.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials announced just after 1 p.m. that students and faculty members were being released from buildings deemed clear by law enforcement.
The search continues for the suspect.
“We, out of an abundance of caution, those being Menifee and Temecula,” Karin Marriot, Director of Public Information & Marketing for MSJC, said. “There were no threats reported at those campuses but we felt it was important to ensure the safety of those students.
“We are currently releasing students in an orderly fashion. Juveniles can be picked up at the RTA bus stop located at the college entrance,” she said.
“We are really pleased that we had no injuries and we were able to release all our students safely” Dr. Roger Schultz, Mt. San Jacinto Community College District Superintendent and President, said. “We are very glad and very proud of the relationship we have with Riverside County Sheriff’s to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
Dr. Schultz was asked if the campus had a plan in place for situations such as what was occurring on the campus.
“I was actually talking to Deputy Chris Waters and he said this is playing out just like we practiced a couple of years ago,” Dr. Schultz said. “We do have a training coming up in December as well, so, we did well with the plan, working the plan, everybody’s safe and we’re very confident having Riverside County Sheriff’s guide us through this difficult time.”
Schultz said there will be a briefing for students and staff first thing tomorrow morning.
SAN JACINTO – Mt. San Jacinto College was placed on lockdown Wednesday, Nov. 6 in response to a report of a man who walked into the college’s cafeteria and brandished a weapon to people sitting at a table.
“We received a call about 9:27 a.m. this morning in regards to a male on campus with a gun,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Robyn Flores said in a media briefing at noon from the scene. “Deputies responded and determined that there was a man on campus with a gun. He entered the cafeteria, walked up to the table, pointed the firearm at them and then exited the building.”
Flores said there were no shots fired and no injuries. The man suspected in the incident has not been apprehended.
The department issued a suspect description after the press briefing. They said they are looking for a male suspect, age 20-30 years old, wearing a blue/gray sweatshirt with an emblem, jeans and a red bandana.
“Deputies are still on the scene canvassing the campus,” Flores said. “The campus has been on lockdown since about 9:30 this morning.”
As of 11:30 a.m., the following nearby schools were also on lockdown: Clayton Record Jr. Elementary, SJ Leadership Academy and Betty Gibble Learning Center.
“We have multiple resources still at this scene, trying to locate this suspect,” Flores said. “He has still not been located as of yet.”
Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.
“We just ask that folks remain out of the area and let the deputies continue to search.,” Flores said.
When contacted by the Valley News regarding a statement from the college, MSJC said a statement was forthcoming, but until then all updates would be coming from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The college did issue a statement just after noon on its Facebook page.
“We are canceling all classes at all sites in addition to the San Jacinto Campus until further notice for the safety of the MSJC community,” the post read. “There are no threats at any other sites; we are taking this step in an abundance of caution. If you are at the San Jacinto Campus, please remain locked down and shelter in place. You will be notified of next steps. This is for your safety. Stay tuned for updates via text, email and social media.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department dispatch non-emergency at (951) 776-1099.
Staff Writer Tony Ault and City News Service contributed to this report.