Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-246

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 25, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Suspect Arrested Via Tip From Crime Stoppers

    Crime Stoppers receives tip that suspect indicated a mass shooting.
    • Monday
    • August 23, 2010
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Leto High School
    • Tampa, FL
    Suspect:

    Austin James Cook, DOB 9-16-92
    7220 Creekwood Court
    Tampa

    Charges:

    Solicitation to Commit Murder
    Threat to Discharge Destructive Device

    During July, 2010 detectives received an anonymous complaint via Crime Stoppers indicating a mass shooting was planned to occur at Leto High School on a specific date and at a specific time. Detectives identified and interviewed witnesses, obtaining information that substantiated the original complaint. Detectives seized a firearm and a computer from the suspect’s residence. The suspect was arrested at his residence without incident on August 23, 2010, prior to the commencement of school.

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