By Douglas Moser
CNHI News Service
METHUEN, Mass. — An 18-year-old Methuen, Mass. high school student was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly posting comments on his Facebook page that suggested he wanted to kill people and outdo the Boston Marathon bombings, police said. He’s being held on $1 million bail.
Cameron B. Dambrosio, 18, was arrested at 1:35 p.m. and charged with communicating a terrorist threat, a felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, said Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. The language was not directed at a specific person or target, officials said, but was a general threat of violence and terrorism.
“We have zero tolerance,” he said. “We take these very seriously.”
Police searched the student's home yesterday, finding a computer and Xbox that were turned over to the state police for analysis. Detectives are also going through his Facebook page for more evidence.
A clerk magistrate set bail Dambrosio’s bail at $1 million. He was being held overnight at the Methuen Police Station and is set to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court today.
“We have contacted the FBI because of some of the language,” Solomon said. “He made comments about the White House and the federal government. So, we have forwarded that the FBI.”
In a press release yesterday, Methuen Superintendent Judith Scannell said the high school administration worked with the school resource officer and the Police Department after learning about the Facebook post.
“Methuen High School students reported to administration that they had received a Facebook phone message sent by a Methuen High School student with disturbing verbiage,” she said. “The student made terrorist threats not directly towards the school but in general.”
Dambrosio was not in school yesterday, Scannell and Solomon said.
Solomon said Dambrosio posted a number of “alarming” comments on Facebook that triggered the arrest.
“He’s telling people to shut up and in order to get some props he’ll have to go kill somebody. He says he’ll go insane and make the news,” Solomon said. “And he said people shouldn’t cry when they see what he does because they have it coming.”
He also posted a comment referencing the bombing of the Boston Marathon April 15, which killed three people and injured more than 270.
“(Expletive) the Boston bombing, wait til you see what I do. I’m going to be famous,” Solomon said Dambrosio wrote. “And (Dambrosio wrote) he’s going to beat every murder charge brought against him.”
Dambrosio was arrested in June on an unrelated assault and battery charge.
In December, police arrested another Methuen High School student, Jacob Butze-Maille, after police said he told another student in school he wanted to pull another Columbine, and that he would buy an AK-47 and shoot people at school. The student reported the comments to administrators.
Butze-Maille was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with threatening to commit murder, intimidation of a witness, and willfully communicating a threat concerning a dangerous item.