A 17-year-old Chillicothe resident was charged Tuesday in connection with a threat that caused the lockdown of an East Peoria elementary school.
Samuel A. Guede, 15924 Brougham Drive, is accused of harassment through electronic communication, a felony. According to Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger, Guede is accused of threatening to use a gun to kill a Riverview Grade School student.
The alleged threat was transmitted Monday through Facebook, a social media website. The threat resulted in a lockdown of the school located along Illinois Route 26 south of Bayview Gardens.
Minger indicated Guede knew the subject of the alleged threat.
"There's a connection," Minger said.
During its session March 7, a Woodford County grand jury is to consider Guede's case. Should Guede be indicted and found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Guede remained in the Woodford County Jail in Eureka, where he has been held since his arrest Monday. A bond hearing is expected Wednesday.
Riverview has about 200 students, all in kindergarten through eighth grade. The district feeds into Metamora Township High School.
The Riverview lockdown lasted about 30 minutes Monday morning. Interior and exterior doors were locked, and students and staff were not allowed to leave classrooms.
According to Superintendent and Principal Michelle Lee, the Woodford County Sheriff's Department sent four deputies to the school.
"They talked to myself, they looked at some technology and they questioned some students," said Lee, who is in her first year at Riverview. "They stuck around until they knew the person of interest was in custody."
Chillicothe police arrested the suspect about 11:30 a.m. Monday, Evans said. Woodford County officers then drove to Chillicothe to transport him to jail.
Lee said the lockdown was unnerving, but it was handled without a hitch.
"We always have to keep safety first," she said. "Everybody did a great job."