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Pierce College Evacuated After Social Media Threat

Los Angeles Pierce College was evacuated Thursday morning after the Sheriff's Department notified college president Kathleen F. Burke that a threat to the campus had been issued through social media. After a suspect, 26-year-old Sergio Castanon, Jr. of Northridge, had been arrested, Dr. Burke reopened the school for night classes.

"Our top priority is always the safety of our students, faculty and staff," Dr. Burke said. "The evacuation was conducted orderly and professionally, and was only lifted after we were assured the threat no longer existed."

It is believed that the suspect, a former Pierce College student, was never actually on campus Thursday. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Castanon's residence where an assault rifle, handgun, several rounds of ammunition and illegal high capacity magazines were recovered. Castanon was booked at Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, charged with criminal threats, possession of high capacity magazines and illegal ammunition. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

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