Wednesday, June 6, 2018




Student arrested for making “credible threats” against Washingtonville High School

Police arrested Vaughan
after searching his home
and finding evidence

(photo: Anthony Lucarelli)

WASHINGTONVILLE – A Washingtonville High School student was arrested by Washingtonville Police for making credible threats against the school.

Brendan Vaughan, 18, was sent to the Orange County Jail on a felony charge of making a terroristic threat and two misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident.

Washingtonville Police, along with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, State Police and Middletown city Police K-9 unit, searched Vaughan’s home at 32 Hamptonburgh Road in Campbell Hall on Sunday, June 3. Investigators discovered evidence there and obtained a statement from Vaughan that he was in the planning stages of some sort of attack at the school and posed a threat to public safety, said Police Chief Brian Zaccaro.

“The information we have presently we felt it was a credible threat,” the chief said. “As of now, there were no weapons located at his residence.”

Zaccaro said the FBI and his department have been working very closely with the school district as the investigation continues. “We are confident if not for the vigorous work by the investigators involved, and the cooperation of the district, this threat could have resulted in a catastrophe,” the chief said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Washingtonville Police at 845-496-9123 or the FBI at 212-384-5000.


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