Ulster teen waives preliminary hearing
An Ulster teen accused of threatening to carry out an act of violence at Athens Area High School last month waived his preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday.
Quay Benjamin Jones, 18, will face a formal arraignment April 29 in county court on a charge of making terroristic threats causing serious public inconvenience, a third-degree felony, according to information filed in district court.
Athens Borough police took Jones into custody after school students and staff alerted police to possible threats made on social media March 24, according to a criminal affidavit filed by borough police with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw's office. Posts on Jones' Facebook page had caused a student to become alarmed, police said.
Upon accessing Jones' page, officers found several posts related to death and dying and a post made on March 24 - a Sunday - that said "Monday... Athens shall cower in the presence of Quayferd," according to police.
A juvenile that had been in contact with Jones later told police that Jones, a former student at the school, planned to return March 25, police said. According to police, Jones also made plans with a juvenile male over Facebook to meet that day in the school's courtyard, adjacent to the cafeteria.
Jones' mother told police that Jones had moved out of her Ulster residence two weeks prior to the incident and had attempted suicide in the past, police said.
After receiving permission from county mental health officials to place Jones in involuntary commitment, officers located Jones in a vehicle traveling north on South Elmira Street and took him into custody under the Mental Health Act, according to police. Police then transported Jones to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for a mental health evaluation, police said. Jones told police that he was upset with an ex-girlfriend who attends the school, police said.
Concerns over the threats and the possible involvement of other students prompted school officials to initiate lockdown procedures March 25, according to police. Borough police assisted with security at the school and examined the interior and exterior of the school prior to the start of classes that day, police said.
Jones remains incarcerated in the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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