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Virginia police arrest 2, accusing them of attempting to commit act of terror on a prom

Virginia Beach police said Monday that the 18-year-old Michael Coleman (photo) and an unidentified 17-year-old, were arrested amd accused of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act during Bayside High School prom on May 30 at Virginia Beach Town Center.

(Norfolk Police )

Virginia police arrested two men, 18 and 17, on the Monday for the alleged attempt to commit an act of terror at a high school prom over the weekend. The alleged attack was foiled when authorities were tipped off.

Virginia Beach police announced Monday that the 18-year-old Michael Coleman and the unidentified 17-year-old, were arrested in connection with the apparent threat of Bayside High School prom on Saturday at the Virginia Beach Town Center, WTKR reported.

Police chief James Cervera said security was increased last month after a tip that people not affiliated with the school had tried to buy tickets for the event.

The police said that they spotted someone trying to enter the prom on Saturday, but he fled when approached, throw a 9 mm pistol, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

An investigation led the police to a hotel where they are one of the suspects — the unnamed younger man — and a semi-automatic rifle with a loaded magazine and a box of ammunition, The Pilot reported, quoting Cervera.

Coleman was also arrested. He is indicted for conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, WTKR reported. The unknown suspect was also accused of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, as well as possession of a weapon as a minor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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