Police: Warrants served in Plainfield cyber threat case

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — The Plainfield Police Department confirmed Tuesday night they were serving warrants at multiple locations in connection to the cyber threats that have plagued Danville and Plainfield over the past several weeks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations confirmed they are the lead investigating department on the case and that the Plainfield Police Department, the Brownsburg Police Department, the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Indiana State Police are all working the case.

The Plainfield Police Department released the following statement:

Tonight’s actions (1/5/16) are part of an ongoing investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from Plainfield Police Department, Brownsburg Police Department, Indiana State Police, Federal Bureau of investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, and the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office. Because the investigation is ongoing, we have no further comment at this time.

FBI agents were walking in and out of a home on Avon Avenue, just south of Green Street, for several hours Tuesday night. Neighbors said the agents were questioning a Plainfield High School student regarding the cyber threat investigation.

Other neighbors 24-Hour News 8 spoke with claimed to see the student in question wearing handcuffs as agents walked in and out of the house. Law enforcement authorities at the scene wouldn’t confirm any information, directing all questions to the Plainfield Police Department.

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Captain Jill Lees with Plainfield PD talked about what will happen next after the investigation.

“Obviously we are going to still continue to provide security at the schools. We don’t obviously have a lot of details yet in this case, but as we move forward we’re hoping to be able to re-evaluate and see where we’re in regards to how we were going to handle school security, students safety, and a second semester starting.”

Law enforcement were investigating after authorities say someone made threats online, targeting Plainfield High School and then Danville High School beginning in the middle of December.

The online threats promised a “bloodbath” at Plainfield High School, gun violence, pipe bombs and harm towards law enforcement officers and students from area schools.

The schools weren’t the only targets. Social media was also used to target a Plainfield mall that was evacuated when a threat was posted online.

According to the Plainfield police, a threat against the Shops at Perry Crossing was posted to Facebook.

Police say that mall management then made the decision to evacuate because of the threats.

It was the latest of multiple threats made over five days made by someone on social media.

Police in Plainfield said they have received thousands of tips in the recent online threats and set up a hotline to help with the tips.

Plainfield schools reopened on Monday and police said it’s a balancing act between making sure the students are safe and that they can go on with their studies.

To make students as safe as possible, additional police patrols were on duty. Students were asked to not bring backpacks, purses were subject to search, and they have had to empty their pockets on their way in to school.

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