HARLINGEN — Jose Luis Gonzales Jr. remained in police custody yesterday afternoon after being charged with terroristic threat, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $75,000.
The 21-year-old Harlingen resident was arrested Saturday in connection to a social media threat to shoot people at the local Walmart.
Harlingen police received information at about 3:53 a.m. Saturday that a person had posted a threat on a social media site.
Authorities did not identify which social media site.
During the course of the investigation, Gonzales was arrested at a relative’s home early Saturday morning by officers of the Harlingen Police Department.
According to Sgt. Larry Moore, the post was a threat to commit harm to people.
The post further indicated the shooting was to occur yesterday at the Harlingen Walmart.
Despite the threats, back-to-school shoppers did not seem discouraged from taking advantage of the weekend’s tax-free days. Walmart, located off Expressway 83 across from Valle Vista Mall, was bustling with shoppers and had a busy parking lot yesterday afternoon.
A similar incident happened last week in Hidalgo County involving a 13-year-old male arrested in connection to a suspected shooting threat at a Walmart in Weslaco.
The Harlingen Police Department reminds citizens to report any suspicious activity to the Harlingen area Crime Stopper at (956) 425-8477.