Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES – The 30-year-old man accused of threatening to unleash gunfire at Citrus College was officially charged Thursday.
Terrell Lee Bennet faces one felony count each of making criminal threats and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to Venusse Navid of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Bennett pleaded not guilty in West Covina Superior Court.
Bennett faces a maximum of 10 years and four months in state prison if convicted as charged, Navid said.
Bennett, initially identified as a Chino resident, was identified by the County DA’s office as living in Pomona.
Bennett called Glendora Police at 11:17 a.m. January 15 and threatened to shoot up the school. Within 11 minutes, police had the campus and surrounding streets locked down. Mutual aid from numerous surrounding agencies arrived soon after to assist, Glendora Police said.
Nearby Azusa Pacific University was also placed on lockdown during the search.
Bennett is enrolled in online courses at Citrus College and was scheduled to appear for an in-person class the day he made the threats, Glendora Police said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail was summoned to the scene just before 11:40 a.m. after Bennett’s car was located.
The silver four-door car was parked in the S1 parking lot, which rests in the corner of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.
While not stated by Glendora Police, a bomb-sniffing dog preliminarily detected a scent of explosives on the car, according to police radio traffic.
However, Arson/Explosives technicians found no bombs inside the car, Glendora Police said.
Officers began a room-to-room search of each building at 12:38 p.m.
About three hours later, Bennett surrendered peacefully on the Citrus College campus at 3:42 p.m. -- nearly five hours after making the threats, according to the Glendora Police Department.
Bennett made statements after being arrested alluding to a desire to die by officer gunfire, police said.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - A Covina man accused of four separate incidents of peering into women’s stalls at Citrus College was officially charged Wednesday.
Phillip Joseph Osuna III, 25, was charged with four misdemeanor counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy, peeking, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Osuna is accused of four incidents taking place in women’s restrooms at Citrus College from August 30 to September 20. If convicted as charged, Osuna faces a maximum possible sentence of two years in jail, Santiago said.