Harlingen resident charged with terroristic threat

HARLINGEN — Jose Luis Gonzales Jr. remained in police custody yesterday afternoon after being charged with terroristic threat, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $75,000.

The 21-year-old Harlingen resident was arrested Saturday in connection to a social media threat to shoot people at the local Walmart.

Harlingen police received information at about 3:53 a.m. Saturday that a person had posted a threat on a social media site.

Authorities did not identify which social media site.

During the course of the investigation, Gonzales was arrested at a relative’s home early Saturday morning by officers of the Harlingen Police Department.

According to Sgt. Larry Moore, the post was a threat to commit harm to people.

The post further indicated the shooting was to occur yesterday at the Harlingen Walmart.

Despite the threats, back-to-school shoppers did not seem discouraged from taking advantage of the weekend’s tax-free days. Walmart, located off Expressway 83 across from Valle Vista Mall, was bustling with shoppers and had a busy parking lot yesterday afternoon.

A similar incident happened last week in Hidalgo County involving a 13-year-old male arrested in connection to a suspected shooting threat at a Walmart in Weslaco.

The Harlingen Police Department reminds citizens to report any suspicious activity to the Harlingen area Crime Stopper at (956) 425-8477.