Metro-East man charged with threatening to open fire at school bus stop

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by Daniel Mueller / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 11:52 PM

(KMOV.com) -- An East St. Louis man has been charged with threatening to shoot his estranged wife's friend and the friend's children at a school bus stop in Shiloh, Ill. last week.

Theron Hubbard, 27, was charged with one count of telephone harassment, and one count of making a terrorist threat. Both charges are considered felonies.

On Feb. 25, police say Hubbard sent his wife's friend nearly 300 text messages. The texts reportedly contained threats that Hubbard would shoot the friend, then shoot the friend's children and any others at the bus stop.

The friend showed messages to police, and officers began searching for the suspect. A probation officer assisted police in locating Hubbard.

Officers alerted Shiloh Elementary School about the situation, and students who normally ride the bus were picked up by their parents after school.

No word yet on why Hubbard sent the threatening text messages.

According to police, Hubbard faces an additional charge for trying to kick out the window of a squad car during his arrest.

Hubbard remains jailed on $100,000 bond.

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