By Brian Lockhart
Police arrested a 24-year-old man Saturday after they say he confronted a Westhill High School teacher and threatened to kill the school’s principal and “shoot the place up.”
Okino Richards, of Spruce Street, was charged with threatening, breach of peace, possession of narcotics and possessing of a firearm by a felon.
Police said Richards made threats in front of an unidentified female Westhill teacher who was paying for gas at a Gulf Station on East Main Street. He identified himself to the woman as “Kino,” police said in a news release.
“During that confrontation (Richards) went on a tirade about blaming the principal and school for his troubles,” police said. “He went on and stated that, ‘they know me up at Westhill and that I am going to go up there and shoot the place up and kill the principal’ ”
Police said “Kino” also told the teacher he was armed and had a lot of ammunition.
The teacher reported the incident to school officials, who contacted the police, and the search for Richards began. He was arrested in the area of Lawn Avenue after officers responded to a call of a male with a handgun.
“Officers secured the surveillance video of the gas station and determined that Richards matched the description provided by the original complaint,” police said. “Officers then spoke to Richards who then admitted to making those statements and went on to repeat them in front of the interviewing officers.