Las Cruces man arrested for mass shooting threat

Updated: 08/27/2014 5:35 PM | Created: 08/27/2014 9:16 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces man has been arrested for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that federal authorities took 19-year-old Zachary Hess into custody Monday and charged him with making a threat online.

According to unsealed documents, authorities say Hess threatened a mass shooting at NMSU during an anonymous online chat four days after a mass shooting near a college in Isla Vista, California, that left seven people dead.

Investigators say an anonymous chatter snapped a screen shot of Hess' message and posted it the NMSU Facebook page.

The school evacuated the campus two days later.

Hess was ordered held without bond Tuesday and has been appointed a federal public defender.

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