UPDATE: Man accused of threatening Wausau student in court Monday
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The man accused of threatening a Wausau West High School student will be in court Monday.
Wausau police arrested 18-year old Marcos Garza Friday after they say he threatened the student.
Authorities say he had a 40 caliber handgun when he was arrested near downtown Wausau.
Police say the incident started around 11:45 a.m.
They say a Wausau West student received threats on her phone and reached out for help. Officers would not elaborate on the threatening messages. They just said the messages were from Garza and they were credible.
Wausau Police Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts said they took action immediately. "We worked together with the school district to be sure the school was secure while we were able to locate suspect."
Wausau West High School principal Jeb Steckbauer said that communication was key. "At this point I think things were handled quite well. The teacher recognized immediately that this was bigger than he can handle. When it came to me, I recognized this was bigger this could be a potentially dangerous situation."
Police say the threat forced Wausau West High and several surrounding schools to go into lock down for about an hour. Schools in the area reopened around 12-45.
Garza faces tentative charges of threats to inure and misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.