Charge upgraded for Wake Forest man accused of threatening elementary students
Charges have been upgraded against the Wake Forest man accused of threatening elementary students via Facebook.
Officers with the Wake Forest Police Department arrested Arthur Vladimir Kochetkov, 33, who was also accused of trespassing on school property three months ago, on Monday and charged with with communicating threats for statements made via Facebook.
The online threats were targeted at Jones Dairy Elementary School, located at 1100 Jones Dairy Road. Police did not say when the threats were made.
On Thursday, Wake Forest police said the charge against Kochetkov was upgraded to felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.
Police said that no weapons were found during a search of Kochetkov’s home.
Kochetkov was being held at the Wake County Jail under $100,000 secured bond. If he is released, he must undergo a mental health evaluation and will be prohibited from being on the Jones Dairy Elementary School property, police said.
A warrant for a trespassing incident was issued in June after Kochetkov was reportedly on the school playground while wearing military fatigues. After that incident, the school hired an armed off-duty officer.
The school’s principal released the following statement following the announcement of Kochetkov’s arrest Tuesday:
“I want to reiterate - this action was taken as a precautionary measure. The person who made the threat is in custody. There is no threat to our school. We are staying in close contact with law enforcement to ensure that we are able to respond to any change in the situation.”
Kochetov’s mother, Lessia Kochetov, said he was also caught trespassing at the school in 2014 but insisted he is not a danger to staff or students.
“They don’t know Arthur, who he is. To them, he’s a threat. To me, he is a child who has mental illness,” Lessia Kochetkov said.
According to his mother, Kochetov was diagnosed as bipolar and has post-traumatic stress disorder.