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Teenager arrested for allegedly sending text messages threatening juvenile

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A teenager was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 20, for allegedly sending text messages to someone at Parkersburg High School, threatening to kill a male juvenile.

According to a news release issued by Parkersburg Police, Jonathan Michael Loncala, 18, was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor crime of using a cell phone to threaten to commit a crime against any person or property.

The release says that around 9:35 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call saying there was possibly a child at Parkersburg High School who had a gun and was going to shoot someone. The school was immediately placed on lock down, after which all available Parkersburg police officers responded to the school and began a search for the suspect.

According to the release, it was discovered that the suspect, Loncala, was not on school property. Police spoke to Loncala by phone, who agreed to voluntarily report to the Parkersburg Police Department for an interview. The school was put on lock down for ten minutes as a precaution because Loncala supposedly had a girlfriend at the school.  Once Loncala was at the police department, the lock down was lifted at Parkersburg High School.

The release says that following interviews with Loncala and other witnesses, it was determined that Loncala allegedly sent a series of text messages to another person, one of which included the photo of a gun. The text messages essentially said that Loncala was going to get a gun and kill another male juvenile. It was also determined that there was never a gun on Parkersburg High School property during this incident.

Loncala was released to the custody of his father while police gathered paperwork to officially charge him.

According to the news release, during the transport, Loncala walked away from his father's vehicle prompting another brief lock down at Parkersburg High School. Loncala was quickly located by Parkersburg police officers and returned to the police department where he was arrested and processed.

Loncala was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court where he failed to post a $10,000 bond. He was placed in the Wood County Holding Center to await transport to the North Central Regional Jail.

The release says the potential penalty for Loncala's charge is not more than a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.