SANTA ANA (AP) — A man threatened a staff member at a private university in California and posted videos of himself holding guns and talking about a desire to go on a killing rampage, police said Monday in announcing his arrest.
Authorities said they got a report Wednesday about an email exchange between David Kenneth Smith, 40, of Los Angeles, and the staff member over discipline Smith faced for marijuana use when he attended Soka University in Aliso Viejo in 2008.
Smith then emailed the staffer a link to a YouTube video showing him with a semi-automatic pistol on his chest speaking about the school, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. He had also recently posted other videos of himself holding weapons and speaking of his desire to kill, authorities said.
Smith was arrested Friday on suspicion of criminal threats and was due in court Monday. Police recovered nine loaded weapons registered to Smith and believe the suspect’s threats were credible, the statement said.
The sheriff’s department said Smith was being held on $1 million bail.