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Bomb Scare Suspect Nabbed By Former Lake Elsinore Police Chief And Crew

Dave Fontneau, who now leads the MSJC Police Department, reported today that an arrest was made in yesterday's bomb scare on the San Jacinto campus.

When former Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Captain Dave Fontneau took a post last year with Mt. San Jacinto College to lead their police department, some may have thought the pace would be slower.

But yesterday Fontneau and his officers were working quickly to determine who made a bomb threat at the San Jacinto campus that forced the evacuation of several classrooms.

They found their suspect – in a hurry.

Fontneau is reporting that an arrest was made in the case that led MSJC police out to the desert.

Cabazon resident and MSJC student Frank Blankenship, 48, was arrested Thursday by MSJC police in the 51000 block of Esperanza Avenue on suspicion of making bomb threats and terrorist threats, Fontneau said.

The investigation began shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday when Fontneau’s team received a report of a bomb threat. The caller stated he had placed a bomb in a classroom that was going to explode, Fontneau explained.

Along with MSJC police, deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department and law enforcement officers from Cal Fire were called to the scene.

After an extensive campus search, it was determined there was no bomb and it was deemed safe for students and teachers to return to the classrooms, Fontneau said.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to contact the MSJC Police Department at 951-639-5188.

Brad January 25, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Dave Fontneau seemed like a great guy, always visible and active in community events and is missed by the community of Lake Elsinore. I'm glad to see he is leading the MSJC college police department, which in the past had been plagued by scandal into a successful and meaningful law enforcement organization.
Frank Barnes January 25, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I concur; Dave Fontneau is a great guy. More than that, he's a great leader in law enforcement and larger public service circles....Dave's been an inspiration to many people over the years.
Rat Fink January 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Great Police work on the part of Chief Fontneau and his team. I don’t know if Mr. Blankenship was crying out for attention or what. But I think he’s going to get a lot of that for the next twenty years, at least. And I hope we the readers are spared the usual clamor of “friends and family” logging in to lament over what a great guy the suspect is blah ,blah ,blah.
Constant Comment January 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Good luck to Captain Smith. He certainly has big shoes to fill. Go get 'em! }~)
Jack Ferguson January 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Good job Dave. We miss you in Lake Elsinore.

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