LIMA — The 19-year-old Lima resident who in early June allegedly threatened to “shoot it up” at Elida schools later this fall has been indicted by an Allen County grand jury.
Tristan Ascura will be arraigned July 23 on charges of inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and making a terrorist threat, a felony of the third degree. Both counts include specifications that a firearm was used in the commission of the crimes. The specifications each carry a mandatory three-year prison sentence upon conviction.
The inducing panic charge alleges that Ascura “did cause the evacuation of any public place, or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm by initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime or other catastrophe … and the public place involved was a school.”
The formal indictment on the charge of making a terrorist threat alleges Ascura “threatened to cause to be committed felonious assault or murder ….and caused a reasonable expectation or fear of the imminent commission of felonious assault or murder.”
Bond for Ascura was set at $500,000 during a July 12 preliminary hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
According to court documents, Ascura on June 6 made “specific threats to shoot up Elida High School over Xbox Live Party Chat to four classmates.”
The Lima teen, who had not attended Elida High School since early April and had been administratively withdrawn from the district because of lack of attendance, reportedly joined a party chat with the other students and stated, “Hey guys, don’t go to school on Sept. 1 because I’m going to shoot it up.”
The students reported the threat to police.
During the course of their investigation, deputies discovered an AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of 0.556 caliber ammunition in Ascura’spossession. The former Elida student was taken into custody some three hours after the threat was first reported.
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