Long Beach police arrest man for online threat against Bernie Sanders campaign rally

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A Huntington Park man was arrested Monday on suspicion of making an online threat against an upcoming Long Beach presidential campaign rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders, authorities said.

Jose Rafael Guzman, 27, was booked for criminal threats and threatening a public officer, the Long Beach Police Department said. He was released after posting $50,000 bail.

"We take all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigate all reported incidents," said Police Chief Robert Luna. "Our department will remain vigilant and continue to be visible to ensure the safety of our community."

The investigation began Sunday after a "concerned community member" notified authorities of the alleged threat, officials said. Detectives later identified Guzman as a suspect and then arrested him at his home in Huntington Park.
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Police say in light of the recent mass shootings across the country, officers will be more vigilant.

"Due to recent events that have occurred nationally the Long Beach police department is taking a stronger posture against violence and we're putting more officers out on the street, making officers more visible," said Long Beach police Lt. Lee Debrabander.

Anyone with information about a threat of violence is asked to call 911 or Long Beach police at (562) 435-6711.
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