CORNELIUS – A second student has been arrested in connection with recent bomb scares at Hough High School.
Bronco Villafranca, 18, was arrested Monday as Cornelius and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools received new information in the investigation of a bomb threat that occurred April 23.
Villafranca informed detectives that another male student was in possession of a suspicious package, according to a police news release. Villafranca was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and was charged with perpetrating a hoax by use of a false bomb and conspiracy. A secure custody order has been obtained, and Villafranca will be transported to a juvenile detention facility.
Hough High was evacuated again on April 29 as a suspicious package was found on campus. Students and school personnel were evacuated to the football field.
CMS Police tweeted at that the CMPD “bomb unit is on scene to inspect the item. An evacuation order was called ‘Out of an abundance of Caution.’”
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police squad deemed the item non-hazardous just after 1 p.m. and a “cursory search” of the building was conducted.
Students were released back to class, but parents could sign their children out early.
This was the second bomb scare in two weeks at Hough High. The school was evacuated twice on April 23. The first scare was reported at 8:18 a.m., and the building was evacuated while Cornelius police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue and CMS officials searched the building. No device was found.
Then at 12:15 p.m. a suspicious package in a bathroom caused the second evacuation. CMPD bomb technicians found the package to be safe and the incident to be a hoax.
On April 24, Hough High student Riley Bowlin was arrested in connection with the bomb threats and has been charged with one felony count of making a false bomb report.
Investigation into these events are on-going.