Student held for psychiatric evaluation following threatening statements concerning high school in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — A teenager was being held for psychiatric evaluation Saturday after making potentially threatening statements against Mark Keppel High School, then escaping from a psychiatric facility in Pasadena before being recaptured, authorities said.
Officials received word Friday afternoon, after the conclusion of the school day, that a student from Mark Keppel High School had made statements construed as a possible threat against the school, 501 E. Hellman Ave., Alhambra police Sgt. Edward Rodriguez said. Further details regarding the statements were not available.
Police met with the student and ultimately took him to a psychiatric facility in the 300 block of South Oak Knoll Avenue in Pasadena for evaluation, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. But the 17-year-old boy escaped from the facility Friday evening.
Authorities issued a bulletin to nearby law enforcement agencies, and Monterey Park police spotted the young man in their city Friday night, Rodriguez said. He was taken to a different facility to be held for psychiatric evaluation.

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