EDMOND, Okla. – An Edmond man tried to get inside his former high school Monday morning, prior to making death threats at a nearby church, according to police.
Michael Moon, 18, asked a secretary at Edmond Memorial High School’s Welcome Center if he could speak to his former English teacher at 7:20 a.m., authorities said.
He was denied access when he admitted he did not have an appointment.
“At that point, there was no threat of any kind,” Edmond Schools Spokesperson Susan Parks-Schelpp said. “He did not come into this office making any threat. All he did was ask to speak to a former teacher.”
Police said Moon left and went down the street to Edmond’s First Presbyterian Church and approached two people inside.
“He just made some very disturbing statements to them,” Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenny Monroe said. “Threatening to kill them, saying that they each needed to die.”
After Moon left, the death threat victims called police and gave them a suspect description.
Parks-Shlepp said an Edmond Memorial resource officer recognized the description and helped identify Moon by providing an old school photo of the suspect.
Police later arrested Moon playing tennis at Edmond Racquet Club.
“I would say in this case, Edmond Schools did everything correctly,” Parks-Schlepp said. “The school resource officer in this case was absolutely instrumental in bringing this case to a quick closure.”
According to an arrest affidavit, an officer told Moon he was a small person trying to intimidate people.
Moon became enraged, saying he “…loves Satan …that he is Satan and that he wants to kill everyone, and also wanted (police) to kill him.”
The affidavit stated, “The defendant stated that it was his intent to kill everyone when he went inside the church today,” and “the defendant stated that this would not be the first or last time that we would see him.”
“All of that put together, especially in the day and the time that we live in, we take everything very seriously and we have to do everything in our power to prevent something from happening,” Monroe said.
Police said Moon also posted on his Facebook page that he was going to leave behind a legacy and posted a video showing him rapping about guns and the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings.
A police report said, at the church, Moon claimed he had been institutionalized and had pills forced down his throat, poisoning him.
Monroe said Moon did not have a weapon on him and they did not find any weapons at his Edmond home.
Moon was jailed on an Assault With Intent To Kill complaint, but charges have yet to be filed Monday afternoon.