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Tehachapi man arrested for threatening to 'engage in a shooting at a local retailer' on social media

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 17:44:37-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 29-year-old Tehachapi man has been arrested after allegedly posting criminal threats to social media.

According to Tehachapi police, Kevyn Devereaux admitted that he posted possible threats related to "intentions to engage in a shooting at a local retailer".

Cops also found additional posts from Devereaux depicting photographs of an assault rifle.

According to police, Devereaux also indicated he was aware of the recent mass shootings and acknowledged members of the public would likely take the threat seriously. He also said he had no intention of carrying out the threat and was “messing around", according to Tehachapi police.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and conducted a search at Devereaux’s house on 21600 Brook Drive. Officials found five firearms including one assault rifle as well as ammunition believed to belong to Devereaux’s roommate.

Devereaux was arrested and booked into Kern County Jail for criminal threats.