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A Sylmar man has been arrested after allegedly issuing a fake story to the police claiming that he had information about a mass shooting that would take place at the Los Angeles County Fair on Saturday.

Just before 3:00 pm on Friday, the Pomona Police Department was notified by Fairplex, where the Los Angeles County Fair is currently taking place, and told of an email they reportedly received from someone who said they had been made aware that a mass shooting would occur at the fair on Sunday.

In a matter of hours, the Pomona police and the FBI worked together and identified three people who could be possible suspects that they believed may have been responsible for sending the email warning to the Fairplex.

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In an email exchange that turned sour, a former student of Soka University allegedly sent an instructor links to a menacing vlog he had recorded. In the video the man spoke of his desire to execute a mass shooting. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that he was apprehended on Monday.

David Kenneth Smith attended Soka University, a private college in Aliso Viejo, nearly a decade ago. In 2008 he was accused of smoking marijuana and he was handed down disciplinary actions for his alleged infraction.

The instructor on the receiving end of the email exchange with Smith was involved in assigning the consequences for the marijuana use. Orange County Sherriff’s Department deputies reported that when the accused became discontented with the correspondence he sent a link to a YouTube video containing footage of himself laying in a bathtub while holding a semiautomatic pistol against his chest as he spoke about the university. In the video Smith discussed the way university staff was regularly unkind to him, and he claims during his enrollment there he was wrongfully fined for and accused of violations he did not commit.