By Justin Stakes
Rancho Cucamonga, CA -(Ammoland.com)- The Rancho Cucamonga campus of Chaffey College was on lockdown for nearly 3 hours on Thursday afternoon while the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and Chaffey Campus Police determined if there was a viable threat on school grounds.
The initial investigation began around 1 p.m. when Campus Police received a report from 21 year old Jonathan Nicks. The student stated he saw a rather suspicious young man that was dressed in dark clothing, military boots, and anti-government patches walking around campus carrying a backpack in which he confined a possible explosive device.
A report that set off a substantial manhunt and shut down an entire College last Thursday. Deputies concluded a thorough search of the entire school grounds; including the interiors of buildings as well as vehicles, while discovering no evidence of any threat.
All students and faculty professors were told to stay in place while they wait for directions from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Chaffey College tweeted, “RANCHO – If you are on campus, please stay in place and wait for law enforcement directions.”
The incident prompted an immediate lockdown of all campus buildings, ending with the cancellation of every college course slated for 3:30 p.m. or later. While officers completed a thorough investigation of the perimeter, they slowly cleared the campus of all students and faculty members.
“RANCHO – The Sheriff is clearing the campus as quickly and safely as possible. Please follow law enforcement directions,” tweeted Chaffey College.
At least one swat team was involved in the situation with all ground efforts; including a building-by-building search, ending with no explosives being found. Crews of Law Enforcement airships were keeping an eye on the campus from above while the investigation continued down below.
Ground efforts between the campus police, SB County Sheriff’s Officers and the Ontario Police Department ended around 4:05 p.m. While San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel completed the search of the perimeter, interior searches of the campus were continuing, according to a department tweet made around 3:10 p.m.
San Bernardino County Sheriff tweeted, “Perimeter search is complete. Deputies are clearing campus of students and faculty. Will continue with interior searches.”
The entire Chaffey Campus Police Department has a total of nine officers as well as a lieutenant and a Police Chief. With only eight officers on staff at the time the incident occurred, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department felt it was a valid concern to respond to.
According to the report released from the Sheriff’s Department, “Numerous personnel from the Rancho Cucamonga Station, including patrol, traffic, MET, Detectives, ACT, Victoria Gardens, Bomb and Arson Detail, and Chaffey College Police arrived on scene and established a command post with the Fire Department.”
The investigation revealed that Jonathan Nicks provided fabricated information of a bomb threat. Nicks was subsequently arrested and booked at Central Jail for making a false bomb report.
Article by Justin Stakes
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Justin Stakes is a Freelance Photographer and Journalist dealing with a variety of different subjects that interest and inspire his love for the great outdoors and more. Justin is an avid outdoor enthusiast and geek with a photographic style that is a mixture of photojournalism and fine art. He has won three Photo Show Competitions throughout his education and has even been exhibited in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.