DUNCAN — A 24-year-old Duncan man with prior convictions is in jail and looking at up to life in prison after he was accused of making threats against people at Red River Technology Center that shut the school down Tuesday.
Michael Dillon Breeze made his initial appearance Thursday in Stephens County District Court where he was charged with a felony count of terrorism hoax after two or more former felony convictions, court records indicate.
The case began when Duncan Police Detective Dustin Smith was contacted around 10:30 p.m. Monday about a number of calls made to dispatch regarding threats made to a number of the tech center’s students, according to the probable cause affidavit. The reports were of a SnapChat account by the names of “Mark Smith” and “School Shooter:” who threatened specific students.
The threats were pointed and included claims of putting “a bullet between your eyes …” and “… I’m going to kill all of yall,” the affidavit states. It was learned the majority of those threatened are part of the Automotive Service Tech program, both morning and afternoon classes, Smith said.
SnapChat was contacted for access to information about the two accounts and it was learned that both had been created Monday.
The tech center was closed down Tuesday due to the “severity and specificity of the threats,” according to the affidavits. The closure affected adult and high school students as well as staff for a three-county area.
On Tuesday, Smith said he received a call from Breeze, an adult student in the Auto Service Tech program, who offered assistance. The detective said he remembered Breeze as one of the original reporting parties of the threats.
A search warrant allowed investigators to determine the GPS coordinates of the “School Shooter” account during the time the threats were posted. According to the affidavit, the coordinates led to the 1900 block of Cook Street – Breeze lives at 1906 Cook.
“I called Breeze and asked if he could come to the police department to help me with the investigation,” Smith said. “Breeze was silent, and when he spoke he seemed to be nervous.”
Breeze said he couldn’t go to the police department because he had a sick child, then asked what Smith had found and if he could help while on the phone. Smith told him he would call him back.
Smith and District Attorney Investigator Justin Scott went to Breeze’s home and found him to be “very nervous, and appeared to be flush and short of breath,” the affidavit states. Breeze said he’d been home alone with the child when the threats were made and, when asked if the child could have made the threats, said no.
While speaking with Breeze, Smith said his father came out from the back of the house. According to the affidavit, he said he’d been sitting next to his son and it was impossible for him to have made the threats. Breeze said the neighbor next door often has tech center students over and it may have possibly been one of them to make the threats.
Smith told Breeze he was being detained. While being taken outside, he denied having the phone service the threats were made through. Investigator Scott retrieved Breeze’s phone after verbal approval to allow investigators to download its data.
Once at the police station, Breeze continued to deny making the threats and he was arrested and booked into jail.
Breeze has prior Stephens County convictions: May 2014, unauthorized use of credit card and possession of a credit card belonging to another; March 2016, second-degree burglary and possession of a credit card belonging to another, according to Department of Corrections records.
Held on $150,000 bond, Breeze returns to court at 9 a.m. March 4 for his preliminary hearing conference.
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