Death threat case goes to court again tomorrow


Updated: Nov. 25, 11 a.m. This story has been edited for clarity.

The 35-year-old Hawthorne man accused of threatening to kill administrators, parents and students seven weeks ago has a court date set for tomorrow in Torrance court.

On Sept. 30, James Lemus told EC employee Miriam Jauregui he needed to kill administrators, naming Vice President of Academic Affairs Francisco Arce, students, and parents, saying “they don’t know how to protect (students),” according to temporary restraining orders (TROs) filed last month.

Lemus told Jauregui he would create a “massacre” on the Library Lawn, according to the TROs.

During his Oct. 21 arraignment in Torrance court, Lemus pleaded not guilty.

At Lemus’ preliminary hearing Nov. 4, Judge Raymond Mireles ruled the case will go to trial. There, Jauregui, Arce, ECPD Detective Jeffrey Lewis, who took Lemus into custody Oct. 1, and Police Chief Michael Trevis testified.

“There were threats made against staff members and me, naming me,” Arce said. “That I would be killed.”

Trevis said there was “tremendous concern with how we, the police department, were going to protect faculty and students.”

Lemus’ bail remains at $1.2 million.

Follow @ECCUnion on Twitter to get live updates on tomorrow’s court appearance. Read our full story on James Lemus and the threats he made here.