Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Police: New Port Richey man called in school bomb threats, hoping to 'commit suicide by cop'

NEW PORT RICHEY – A 38-year-old man was arrested Thursday after authorities say he called in fake bomb threats to Richey Elementary and Chasco Elementary schools.

Chad Allen Key called in the threat about 9 a.m. from his cell phone, while he was driving on Little Road, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Authorities evacuated both elementary schools, as well as neighboring Chasco Middle, until deputies, police and school officials determined there was no danger at either campus.

Later that morning, law enforcement found Key at his home at 7849 Raintree Drive and took him to the New Port Richey Police Department for questioning. Key told deputies and police he placed the threat because he wanted to "commit suicide by cop," according to the report.

"Chad Key is going to jail and the schools are safe," said New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens. He said Key had no connection to either school, so it was unclear why he picked those sites for the fake bomb threats.

Key was arrested on two counts of false report of planting a bomb and two counts of disruption of an education institution. He was being booked Thursday evening into the Land O'Lakes jail.

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