FAIRFAX, Va. (ABC7) — The man wanted in connection with threats made against Fairfax High School on Twitter has turned himself in.
City of Fairfax Police said Monday that 18-year-old Ishmael Harrison, of 13101 Wren Hollow Lane in Fairfax, voluntarily turned himself in Monday afternoon. He was subsequently charged.
City of Fairfax Police said Saturday that they and Fairfax County Police Department were searching for Harrison after they said he made threats on social media toward Fairfax High School on Feb. 21. He is a senior at the school.
City of Fairfax Police said both they and the Fairfax County Police Department immediately attempted to serve two warrants – including one for threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property – to Harrison after they were obtained but were not able to locate him until he turned himself in.
Another warrant was also obtained for possession of child pornography.
Police said they were actively investigating a threat against Fairfax High School on Feb. 22, one day after they said Harrison made the threats. His name was not released at the time.
City of Fairfax Police said that more than 200 rounds of rifle ammunition commonly used in an AR-15 were found Friday at Harrison's home after executing a search warrant late Friday night.
Chief Carl Pardiny credited Fairfax High students who immediately reported the threatening tweets back in February.
“Had it not been for those tips and that information, we could have seen some tragedy here," Pardiny said in a news conference Monday afternoon at the City of Fairfax Police Department headquarters. “Nobody has a crystal ball, and we weren’t going to take any chances.”
On Monday night, his family defended him, saying he is a good student and a good uncle to his sister's children. They say he played on Fairfax High's football and lacrosse teams.
The family says they don't believe Harrison made the threats on Twitter, let alone intended to carry them out.
“Kind, loving, generous, would do anything for anybody," Harrison's mother Kendra said. "He would take his shirt off his back and give it to you."
“I know my son. I asked him the question, he said to me, 'I didn’t Ma. I did not do this.'”
Kendra Harrison said the child pornography charge involved a picture of her son's 17-year-old girlfriend.
According to police, Harrison is a 5-foot-7, 170-pound black male with black hair and brown eyes who they considered to be armed and dangerous. He was also said to be known to drive a black two-door 2002 Acura with Virginia registration VYZ-8467.
In press releases released on Saturday and Sunday, the Fairfax High senior's full name was listed as Ishmael O’Brien Lionel Harrison.
A news conference was held late Monday afternoon at the City of Fairfax Police Department headquarters. It can be seen here: