An Oklahoma man who grew up in Los Angeles was arrested on June 1 on a federal criminal complaint alleging that he telephoned bomb threats to five Los Angeles schools and also threatened to shoot children as they exited one of the elementary schools.
Marcus James Buchanan, 44, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, was charged with one count of making a threat through interstate commerce to damage or destroy buildings by fire or explosives.
According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, during a period of less than two hours on the morning of Feb. 28, Buchanan called in bomb threats to two elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school in Los Angeles. Authorities did not name the schools.
On April 27 and 28, Buchanan allegedly made additional bomb threats to two of the Los Angeles schools he previously threatened and made new threats to shoot and kill children. On the afternoon of April 27, Buchanan made threats to two elementary schools, and later made additional threats.
Phone records indicated that the threatening calls came from a number associated with Buchanan, according to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint. If convicted, Buchanan faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.