CLERK HELD IN SHOOTING THREAT CASE; SUSPECT ACCUSED OF EXPRESSING WISH TO MIMIC HONOLULU ATTACK.
An unarmed stock clerk suspected of telling a co-worker he wanted to shoot his supervisors like a gunman did in Honolulu was scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of making terrorist threats, despite his claim that his comment was just a joke.
David Carranza, 30, of Fillmore was in custody Thursday on a probation hold after being arrested Wednesday at Kavlico Corp., which manufactures auto and aerospace components. Carranza told authorities his comment was made in jest, but authorities said they are taking the incident seriously.
``If it was a joke then he is going to learn his lesson,'' Moorpark police Detective Anthony Aguirre said. ``If he wasn't joking, then we prevented a tragedy.''
Carranza had a history of tardiness at Kavlico Corp., where he had worked about 18 months, and had been reprimanded Wednesday for being late, Aguirre said.
Officials said the threat was made during a conversation between Carranza and a colleague, with the suspect commenting about Tuesday's rampage in Honolulu, where seven Xerox Corp. employees were fatally shot. A co-worker was arrested in the shootings.
``He was working and asked another employee if he had heard about the shooting in Hawaii,'' Aguirre said. ``He mentioned that a guy came in and shot several co-workers and said he wanted to do the same thing at Kavlico.''
The unidentified co-worker notified his supervisors, who contacted police.
Carranza targeted two of his direct supervisors in his comments, police said, but they would not release the managers' names.
Cindy Dombrowski, a secretary to the vice president of finance at Kavlico, said company officials had no comment.
Aguirre said Carranza claimed to have made the comments in jest. However, Aguirre said, the issue is no laughing matter.
``People are more concerned now about violence in the workplace and in schools and this won't be tolerated,'' Aguirre said. ``We can't judge him, we don't know if he was serious or not.
Verbal threats, along with stress and anger, are common signs of potential violence in the workplace, Aguirre said. And more and more employees seem to be acting on their impulses.
In August, a 34-year-old man was charged with killing two co-workers at their office in Pelham, Ala., and then killing a third person at a company where he used to work.
That same month a 44-year-old day trader killed nine people and wounded 13 others in Atlanta, before turning the gun on himself.
And last January, police said, a fired employee walked into a computer business in Camarillo and fatally shot the company's founder before wounding himself with a shot to the stomach.
Carranza had an extensive criminal history, Aguirre said, including arrests for sale of narcotics, vehicle theft, robbery, theft and violating parole. He was on probation at the time of the incident.
Carranza is being held at Ventura County Jail on $30,000 bail, but is not allowed to post bond because of a probation hold.
Kavlico is owned by Fred Kavli, a millionaire philanthropist who is the namesake of a theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Kavli, a Norwegian-born physicist, established the company in Chatsworth in 1958 to manufacture high-precision sensors used on military and commercial aircraft.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Nov 5, 1999|
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