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Crime San Antonio man arrested for threatening to commit a mass shooting

22:55  19 september  2019
22:55  19 september  2019 Source:   mysanantonio.com

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A San Antonio man was arrested after San Antonio police say he allegedly told coworkers he was going to commit a mass shooting because he didn't think their company took work safety seriously.

a man looking at the camera: Joe Serna is accused of making threats, saying he would commit a mass shooting at a construction site.© Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Joe Serna is accused of making threats, saying he would commit a mass shooting at a construction site.

Joe Henry Serna, 29, who was working at Brandt Construction, was charged with making terroristic threats after texting another subcontractor that he was "going to shoot up the job site," Bexar County court records show.

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Ryan Guerra, 33, told police on Sept. 12 that he received a text message telling him that the sender had witnessed drug use on the work site and when Guerra asked who the sender was and where the incident occurred, he heard Serna's phone ping nearby.

Serna, a new hire on light duty, had just been addressed by supervisors about a safety violation moments before the texts started, according to an affidavit.

On Sept. 16, about 6:30 a.m., Guerra received another text message from the same number saying "since you don't wanna handle safety at the job site and let (people) do drugs I am gonna shoot up the job site at (9 a.m.) let the fun begin this ain't no joke either!!!" As stated in the affidavit.

Guerra reported this to the the general contractor, who then ordered the evacuation of the site. Reports said the site lost a pecuniary loss of over $100,000 because of it.

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According to court records, the next day, Guerra received another text from a different number just after 6 a.m. saying "smart move sending (people) home, but today I'll be there at the (job site) and no one (will) know anything. See you... prayers for the (H.E.B.) location."

That text was followed by another before 6:30 a.m. that read "Be ready for the show. Hahahahahaha (people) wanna be not drug free I'll show them. I am (doing God's) will and handle (people) like that. Good bless you allll [sic]. Today will be no warning! Be aware," according to records.

Police said they were able to reverse phone search both numbers to obtain an IP address that identified Charter Communications as the provider. After obtaining subscriber information, officials identified Serna as the sender.

Serna was arrested Wednesday. His bail is set at $50,000.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news reporter and general assignment writer. Read her on our breaking news site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com | [email protected] | @TaylorPettaway

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