Teen accused of threatening San Gabriel Elementary to be tried as adult

Dec 15, 2015

The teen accused of threatening an Atascadero elementary school with a chemical weapon back in September will be tried as an adult.

Investigators said this candle container filled with ferrocyanide was placed on the San Gabriel Campus back on Sept. 11, 2015.
Credit Atascadero Police Department

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's office said Tuesday that Bret Stephen Landen was found "unfit" for juvenile court and now has an arraignment set for Friday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Landen was 17 at the time of the incident, but is now 18.

"It is anticipated that the complaint will allege 25 counts of felony Criminal Threats in violation of Penal Code (PC) 422; 2 counts of felony Threat to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction in violation of PC 114187.5; 2 counts of felony Attempted Criminal Threats in violation of PC 664/422; and 2 counts of felony Second Degree Burglary in violation of PC 459," the DA's office said in a release.

Bail has been set at $500,000.

San Gabriel Elementary was shut down for nearly two weeks as investigators combed the campus. Lab tests showed a container left on the campus contained sodium ferrocyanide, but not in concentrations strong enough to produce a vaporized form of the chemical.

Letters placed around the shcool had language similar to the horror movie "Saw" according to the Atascadero Police Department. Padlocks were placed on school gates and teachers were instructed to find keys as part of a game.