Suspect arrested in FAB nightclub shooting threat

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FRESNO, California – A suspect was arrested in connection to a threat made against the LGBT club FAB, the Fresno Police Department said Monday.

On June 9, the Police Department got a call from the owner of FAB – which is located in the Tower District.

The owner made police aware of threats that had been made on social media which threatened to shoot up the nightclub.

LIVE: Fresno Police update the media on an arrest made in the FAB shooting threat.

LIVE: Fresno Police update the media on an arrest made in the FAB shooting threat.

Posted by CBS47 Fresno on Monday, June 17, 2019

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“The information was very alarming,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a press conference Monday. “Those posts appeared to be very, very real. One of those posts stated that changed the name of this club to Pulse Nightclub – ‘since you will share the same fate.'”

In 2016, a massacre at the LGBT club Pulse in Orlando took the lives of 49 people.

Dyer said they were able to track the person’s computer and make an arrest.

Jose Isabel Lechuga, 28, of Selma, was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail.

Dyer said he was located in Fowler on Friday.

He was in possession of a semi-automatic handgun, and upon a search of his Selma home, officers found two shotguns, another handgun, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Dyer said Lechuga admitted to making threats against FAB because he was upset about social media posts that were made about his girlfriend’s mother. She had been involved in an altercation at FAB previously, and a video posted of the incident got more than 27,000 views in the first day.

Dyer said Lechuga claimed to have no intention of carrying out any threat, but Dyer said there’s no way to know.

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