SUISUN CITY, CA -- A Suisun City teenager who was arrested after allegedly making comments on Facebook indicating that he supported Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school posted bail Monday and was released from Solano County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said.
Fairfield police arrested Sergio Santiago Cabada, 18, around 3:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of making terrorist threats. He was booked into jail around 6:30 p.m. that day and was being held on $15,000 bail.
Cabada's father was home when police went to the family's residence, Fairfield police Sgt. Kevin Carella said.
"His dad was mortified his son had made the comments and that police were at his home," Carella said.
Cabada's father was aware of the comments on his son's Facebook page and had talked to him about them before police arrived, Carella said.
Police said Cabada had posted comments stating that he supported the actions of the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and had thought about the possibility of committing similar acts.
The massacre claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults at the school.
Police confiscated four hunting rifles and some ammunition from Cabada's residence for safekeeping, Carella said.
On Saturday, Cabada posted an apology on his Facebook page.
"I apologize for what I said, at the time I was not aware of the huge implications of what I said and I was merely curious and slightly experimental in my terms," Cabada said.
"I am particularly sorry if I offended anybody personally. I did not say this with evil intentions, I was merely being a stupid 18-year-old being edgy and cocky on a social networking website," Cabada wrote.
Cabada said in the post that after he later thought "deep and hard about the tragic loss of those children from many different perspectives," he understood "the impact of such an emotional event."
In response, Carella said today, "You can't do certain things and take them back."
Cabada has no prior contacts with police, Carella said.
Carella said Fairfield police on Monday sent their report to the Solano County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether or not to charge Cabada.
ORIGINAL STORY (Dec. 17): An 18-year-old local man allegedly posted comments on the Internet saying he supported the actions of the Newtown, CT, school shooter and had thought about committing a similar crime, authorities say.
The incident was reported to the Fairfield Police Department around 9 a.m., and by 3:30 p.m. police served a search warrant at the Suisun City home of Sergio Cabada.
Cabada was arrested and booked on felony charges of criminal threats.
A full press release from the Fairfield Police Department follows:
Local Resident Arrested for Posting Threats to Duplicate Shooting Tragedy
On December 17, 2012 at approximately 9:00 am information was provided to the Fairfield Police Department indicating that Sergio Cabada (age 18 years) had been posting comments on the internet indicating that he both supported the actions of the school shooter in Connecticut and had thought of possibly committing similar acts. The Fairfield Police Investigations Bureau immediately opened an investigation into the incident for the purpose of both investigating the possible criminal act and taking affirmative steps to prevent any violence in our community.
On the same date at approximately 3:30 pm detectives from the Fairfield Police Department Investigations Bureau served a search warrant at the home of the suspect in the City of Suisun. Cabada was at home at the time of the search warrant service and was arrested without incident. Several items were seized from the residence in an effort to both complete the criminal investigation and to prevent any future acts of violence by Cabada.
The Fairfield Police Department takes very seriously any potential indicators of violence such as those demonstrated by Cabada. The quick response of the department is a reflection of our dedication to the safety of our community and the strong desire to prevent any possible acts of violence on the scale suggested by Cabada’s postings. Cabada was subsequently booked into Solano County Jail on felony charges of criminal threats.