Juvenile arrested in bomb threat case

JENNINGS COUNTY — North Vernon police have taken a juvenile into custody and charged him with Level 5 felony intimidation after a bomb threat caused the evacuation of Jennings County High School and middle school on Thursday.

The arrest at 4:23 p.m. Friday was made in conjunction with an investigation into a bomb threat that was sent by an iPhone airdrop, police said.

Detectives with the North Vernon Police Department along with School Resource Officer Matt Staples, and Officer Michael Holliday worked closely with staff from Jennings County High School, Jennings County Middle School, and Jennings County Juvenile probation to conduct further investigation into the bomb threat airdrop and gun airdrop.

During the investigation numerous tips and video surveillance footage led to numerous interviews and phones being seized, police said. The information led investigators to the juvenile suspect who was interviewed on Friday at the North Vernon Police Department. A voice stress analysis was also conducted by Andy Judd, Jennings County Juvenile Probation Officer.

The juvenile admitted to one of the air drops sent on Thursday, and also provided photo/electronic evidence of the crime. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to a juvenile detention facility.