Elk Grove Teen Arrested; Accused of Threatening to Shoot Elk Grove Village High School Students During Walkout


Jose A. Lopez, age 19, was charged Thursday March 15, 2018 with felony disorderly conduct after he was accused of making threats on social media that would involve shooting Elk Grove High School students during their school walkout Wednesday. Elk Grove Village police were notified of the threat after the walkout, which was one of many nationwide protests against gun violence beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting for 17 minutes. Participating students were back in class when Elk Grove Village Police Department took the initial report about 12:30 p.m. As a precaution, an increased police presence, like the presence during the walkout, returned to the school campus from 12:30 p.m. to about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy Police Chief Michael Gaspari said Elk Grove Village High School students and staff members at the school helped officers quickly identify, locate and arrest the suspect. Lopez was identified by prosecutors as an Elk Grove Village High School graduate, Class of 2017. Jose A. Lopez was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon at the entrance to the Oasis Mobile Home Park on Elmhurst Road in Elk Grove Township. Lopez was unarmed when he was arrested, but admitted to police that he owns a pellet gun.

The suspect Jose A. Lopez, allegedly made threats on Snapchat that prompted a lockdown during the latter part of the school day Wednesday. The exact times of the first threat and subsequent threats were not released. As part of the lockdown, students were held in their classrooms until receiving the all-clear from police. Elk Grove Village police reported the suspect was located and taken into custody, and students were allowed to go home shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cook County prosecutors approved the felony charge against Jose A. Lopez, of the block of 400 Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village, because the offense involved a high school. The Perrie Drive address is located about 2 miles northeast of Elk Grove Village high School. The location of the arrest near the entrance to Oasis Mobile Home Park, 7500 South Elmhurst Road is just north of Route 72, and is located about 4 miles east-northeasts of Elk Grove Village High School.

Lopez appeared in court Thursday March 15, 2018, and was released on electronic home monitoring schedule to return to court on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Lopez has no prior criminal history, but could face three years in prison with no probation.

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