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Woman charged with making threats to schools

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A woman is accused of making threats to Florida schools
  • She is arrested in Southern California
  • E-mail said the person was "planning something big"

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- A Florida woman who fled to California has been arrested on charges of making a threat that led to the lockdown of schools in Broward County, Florida, authorities said Tuesday.

Elissa Martinez, 48, -- whose name was also spelled Ellisa in some court documents -- of New Port Richey, is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure another, according to a statement from federal prosecutors, the FBI and local authorities in Florida.

Schools and government offices across the county were secured for several hours by police on November 10 after the threat.

According to the criminal complaint against Martinez, an e-mail early that day to a local radio station read, " i'm planning something big around a government building here in Broward County, maybe a post office, maybe even a school, I'm going to walk in and teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd amendment is all about . . . we'll end this year of 2010 in a blaze of glory for sure."

Th e-mail was followed by a telephone call to the radio station from a woman, who stated that her husband was going to go to a school in Pembroke Pines and carry out a shooting. The caller requested that the radio station broadcast a plea to her bipolar husband so that he would not to carry out the shooting, according to complaint.

Police had requested the full-scale lockdown as a precautionary measure, Pembroke Pines Deputy City Attorney Julie Klahr told CNN. The school system's administrative offices also were locked down.

The call and e-mail were traced to Martinez, authorities said. "A subsequent examination of the computer confirmed that the email to the radio station had been sent from defendant Martinez's computer," they said in court documents.

Martinez denied making any threats and refused to allow agents to enter her house, according to a federal affidavit,. She left her residence while a search warrant was being obtained, the affidavit states, adding the suspect's account of where she was that morning did not check out.

Federal agents arrested her Tuesday in the Los Angeles area.

A phone number registered to Martinez was no longer in service Tuesday evening, and it could not be determined whether she had retained an attorney.

Pembroke Pines is about 20 miles northwest of Miami.