Potential School Shooting In California Stopped; Terrorism Suspect Arrested In Oregon

Milwaukie, Oregon – A potential school shooting in California has been stopped with help from police in Oregon.

Deputy Mike Vasquez with the Riverside County Sheriff’s office says the suspects were targeting a college in California intending to shoot people on campus. When they arrested the first suspect 27-year-old Jacob McBain in Norco, California, they found a lot of weapons in his bedroom.

More evidence lead police to a second suspect in Milwaukie, Oregon. Local officers helped arrest 25-year-old Tarence Thomas. He is being held on charges of terrorism. Thomas was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on Wednesday.

Images and story courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office:


Tarence Michael Thomas

After the arrest of Jacob McBain, information was developed pointing to an additional suspect and co-conspirator. Following up on the investigative leads, investigators identified the second suspect as Tarence Michael Thomas, age 25, a resident of Milwaukie, Oregon.

On Monday, February 26, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigators travelled to Portland, Oregon, to conduct follow-up investigation. Based on their subsequent findings, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas, regarding the charge of conspiracy to commit murder, from the Riverside County Superior Court.

On Wednesday, February 28, with the assistance of local authorities, consisting of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Inter-Agency Task Force (CCITF), FBI-Portland Office, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and Oregon City Police Department, investigators located Thomas in the area of a known associates residence in Oregon City. Thomas was arrested without incident and booked into the Clackamas County Jail, in Oregon City, Oregon, where he awaits extradition to Riverside County.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Inter-Agency Task Force (CCITF), FBI-Portland Office, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, and the Clackamas County Circuit Court, for assistance provided during this investigation.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


Jacob Ryan McBain

On Monday, February 19, about 9:39 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Norco Office, received information about a series of threats made on social media. An investigation was immediately initiated regarding a suspect posting comments on his Facebook page he intended on shooting people at a local college campus. The threats were deemed credible and the Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies along with detectives assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station Investigations Bureau, initiated a detailed and expansive investigation.

The investigation revealed the suspect was making the threats from a residence located in the City of Norco. Deputies continued with their investigation and solicited the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigation Bureau, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consist of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Bernardino Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), and Riverside College District Police.

Based on information collected during the investigation, a search warrant was served at a residence located in the 5000 block of Trail Street in the City of Norco. During the service of the search warrant, the suspect, identified as Jacob Ryan McBain, age 27, a Norco resident, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered a loaded AR-15, two loaded handguns, and a large amount of ammunition from McBain’s bedroom.

Loaded AR-15

McBain was arrested for the charges of making terrorist threats and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in the City of Riverside where he was booked on the listed charges.

Local school district and college officials were notified of the investigation, even though there was no school in session during the national holiday.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Robertson of the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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