NR 16-30 Sheriff’s Office Investigating School Threat

April 28, 2016 - 11:59 am Author: Category: |

NR 16-30


On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 8:29 AM, a threat of violence was made to Audubon Elementary School located at 1201 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island.

The school was immediately placed in a precautionary lockdown while the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office coordinated efforts to locate and arrest 30-year-old Dwan Jerome Thomas III of Rockledge.

Tonight, at approximately 7:30 PM, members of the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit located Thomas at a residence in Port St. John. Thomas was located through investigative leads developed throughout the course of the day and taken into custody without incident. Thomas was transported to the County Jail Complex under a No Bond status with the following charges: Aggravated Stalking Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, DWLS, Reckless Driving, Violation of Community Control reference Felony Battery, and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding. Additional charges are pending relating to the school threats made today.

Sheriff Ivey stated, “I am very proud of the entire Brevard Public School team who were incredible today. Dr. Blackburn, his staff and the Audubon team ensured the children were safe and calm during the lockdown. I would also like to commend the parents and guardians who were calm and assisted the school’s staff and our Deputies to effectively check out and pick up the children without impacting the security protocols. Lastly, I can’t say enough about our East Precinct Deputies and Fugitive Team who immediately secured the school, located the suspect and put him behind bars, where he belongs!!”

For additional information concerning this release, please call Corporal John Martinez at 321-747-9780.

On, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 8:29 AM, a threat was made to Audubon Elementary School located at 1201 N. Banana River Drive in Merritt Island, Florida.

The school was placed in a precautionary lockdown at 8:30 am.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene and the school is secure. There has been no violence associated with the threat.

The suspect is identified as 30-year-old Dwan Jerome Thomas III, Rockledge. There is an active warrant for the suspect’s arrest for an unrelated charge. Anyone with information concerning the suspect’s location should call emergency 911, for other information relating to the suspect, please call the Sheriff’s Office General Crimes Unit Agent Jeremy Pill at 321-454-6640 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), or you can visit, or text ‘crimeline’ plus your tip to CRIME (274637). All information to CRIMELINE is confidential and you may be eligible for a reward.