LAWRENCEBURG, KY (WAVE) - A man police said had a “detailed plan of attack” concerning schools in Shelby and Anderson counties has been taken into custody.
Dylan Jarrell, 20, was booked into the Shelby County Detention Center on Thursday.
“This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary, and the only thing that stood between him and evil was law enforcement.”
Kentucky State Police began investigating Jarrell on Wednesday after they received a complaint about him from a woman in New Jersey concerning unsolicited racially motivated messages on Facebook. A news release from KSP said Jarrell was threatening and harassing the woman.
Police found Jarrell at his home in Lawrenceburg. According to his arrest slip, Jarrell admitted he sent the messages.
While questioning Jarrell, police found evidence of a credible and imminent threat to Shelby and Anderson county schools.
On Thursday evening, Kentucky State Police contacted the superintendents from both schools.
After being notified of the threats, school was canceled in Anderson County and all activities were suspended at Shelby County High School until further notice. Students in Shelby County are currently on fall break.
Officers searched Jarrell’s phone and found information that “pertained to threats of bodily harm against multiple persons at a school.”
In addition to a detailed plan of attack, officers said Jarrell had a firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest and a 100-round high capacity magazine in his possession.
“My first thought was this proves that the collaboration between school districts and local law enforcement is valuable,” said Kerry Whitehouse, Shelby County Assistant Superintendent. “If they had not intervened and the community had not intervened, as we’ve learned that happened, and someone had not spoken up then we would have been in the dark today.”
Anderson County Schools Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Jarrell was a student for a brief time.
He was enrolled in an adult education program through the district and got his GED in 2017.
Anderson County High Schools student Joshua Cunningham lives two doors down from Jarrell. He was walking home from school Thursday afternoon when he saw his street lined with police.
“This is crazy, it’s happening at my school,” said Cunningham. “Is it safe for me to go to school now? Is it safe for me to go to school and come home?”
During their investigation, police found that Jarrell had also been questioned by the FBI about social media threats to a school in Tennessee in May.
Jarrell arrested and charged with two counts of second degree terroristic threatening. He is being held in the Shelby County Detention Center.