A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening to hurt his ex-girlfriend’s son at Clovis High School, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Paul Flores of Porterville is now facing felony charges on suspicion of stalking and making criminal threats.
The threats were reported around 8:30 a.m. to Fresno County Sheriff’s dispatchers regarding a Fresno woman receiving threatening text messages and phone calls from her ex-boyfriend.
Deputies began to investigate the threat and learned where Flores was from, what car he drove and that he had access to firearms.
Around 9:15 a.m., the victim reported getting another message from Flores, allegedly saying he would go after her son at Clovis High School and shoot up the school.
Deputies quickly notified Clovis Unified School District and Clovis Police, and the school was immediately placed on lockdown as a precaution.
During this time, investigators learned the student Flores might target was not at school, and a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) alert was issued to all local law enforcement agencies.
It was learned that Flores may be heading north from Tulare County, and with the help of the California Highway Patrol’s helicopter, H40, Flores’ vehicle was spotted driving into the city of Fresno.
At 10:45 a.m., deputies, CHP officers and Fresno Police officers were guided to the area of Dennett and Echo avenues in Fresno. A traffic stop was made, and they detained Flores.
No guns were found, according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives took Flores into custody for further questioning, and Clovis High School was notified of his arrest. Administrators then lifted the lockdown.
Anyone with additional information about the suspect in this case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 559-600-3111, Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org.
You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.