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Man Arrested for Making Threats Against Several Local Elementary Schools [UPDATED]

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A Los Angeles resident remains in custody today following his arrest Sunday morning for allegedly making several online threats against area elementary schools.

24-year-old Kyle Bangayan of Pomona was arrested at around 11:15 a.m. Sunday by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department from the Northeast Station who went to Bangayan's parents’ home in the 1200 block of North New Hampshire Avenue in L.A. to question him, according to the LAPD, who add:

Also found and seized at the residence where Bangayan was arrested were nine firearms, including rifles, a shotgun, handguns and ammunition. A search of the suspect’s Pomona residence didn’t yield any weapons or related evidence.

Authorities say the man had made threats on Facebook to cause harm at numerous L.A. elementary schools, however he did not name specific schools. The posts, however, did reference Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Currently, it is winter break for Los Angeles Unified School District schools, and classes are not in session until January.

The suspect is not being held on a psychological evaluation. The FBI, however, are involved in the investigation, and were involved in the arrest.

Bangayan was arrested for making criminal threats. His bail is set at $500,000.

In the immediate wake of the shocking news of the Newtown shooting, the LAPD and the LAUSD have spoken out about their commitment to safety at L.A. schools. Chief Charlie Beck is expected to speak later today about this arrest and security at local schools.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include detailed information previously unavailable and newly released by the LAPD.