MERCEDES, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A security guard at Mercedes ISD accused of making a bomb threat last week has been arrested.
Edgar Aaron Estrada Jr., 22, was arrested on a charge of terroristic threat and false alarm or report, according to the Mercedes Police Department.
According to a release from the district, Estrada is “not an employee of the Mercedes Independent School District. He is an employee with… MLG Security Services.”
The district went on to state that Mercedes police will be investigating the incident. No other details were provided.
On Thursday, May 26, students and staff were evacuated from Mercedes High School after a bomb threat was made.
Police learned that the threat was made through the communication radio frequency that administrators and security officers use for their radio. A “robotic” voice delivered a bomb threat over the radio.
Students and staff were then evacuated to to the Mercedes Football Stadium, and Weslaco AMBUS, Mercedes EMS, Mercedes Police Department, and McAllen Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal responded to the scene.
Mercedes PD told ValleyCentral that Estrada had access to a radio and broadcasted the threats. He was arrested at his house on Thursday.
“The Mercedes Police Department is working hard to keep our citizens and students safe. We will continue to be transparent with the public and continue to work diligently,” said Sgt. Frank Sanchez with Mercedes Police Department. “It’s imperative that we act quickly to prevent anything major from happening. At times, people do not know the entire story to a case or they hear the wrong information from other people and spread it quickly, but that’s why we as law enforcement agencies need to be transparent with the public and not hold back. We will continue to do what is right and serve the community of Mercedes with pride.”