LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A day after he was arrested for sending threatening Snapchat messages to Diboll High School students, the suspect in the case was released from the Angelina County Jail Tuesday.
Nicholas Emilio Flores, 18, of Corrigan, was booked into the jail early Tuesday morning on a third-degree felony charge of terroristic threat. He was released from the jail after he posted a $5,000 bail.
According to the arrest affidavit, several Diboll High School students received messages from the Snapchat user name "dibollian936" claiming that the person wanted to kill a student. The Snapchat user also allegedly indicated that he intended to disrupt the school's pep rally and included icons of guns in the message.
The affidavit stated that the Snapchat messages caused a panic among Diboll High School students, who started calling Diboll ISD staff members, parents, and police.
"The nature of the messages caused panic and disrupted the educational process," the affidavit stated. "There were hundreds of students checked out by their parents in fear for their children's safety."
Authorities received information from Snapchat that Flores is the user who went by "dibollian936."
The alleged terroristic threat was investigated by Diboll ISD officials, police, and the FBI.
According to Diboll police, Det. Matt Repond obtained a warrant for Flores' arrest and he was arrested around 6 p.m. Monday when Lufkin Police officers stopped him near the Marriott Hotel on South First Street.
Diboll ISD Superintendent Gary Martel said school officials took the threat very seriously. Although parents, staff, and surrounding districts were notified of the situation, Diboll High School was never put on lock down.