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Chief: Ind. man wasn't serious about school threat

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012

"If people followed through on all the threats they've ever made — things said in anger that they don't really mean and regret — our population in this country would be half of what it is," he said. "This was something he said in the heat of an argument. He hadn't been plotting this."

Meyer fled his home early Friday after his wife reported the alleged threats to police, and he may have gone into hiding in a densely wooded area around his home, Smith said.

Police watched the house, but Meyer apparently slipped back into his home at some point. He was arrested there without incident Saturday on felony intimidation, resisting law enforcement and domestic battery charges.

Meyer remained jailed Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges. It wasn't clear Sunday whether he had an attorney yet.

Police initially said Meyer was "a known member of the Invaders Motorcycle Gang," but Smith said Sunday evening Meyer is not an active member of that group, although he was affiliated with it in his youth.

Smith said security would remain high at the area's school in the coming days, mostly because of the heightened concerns nationwide in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage in Connecticut.

"One of your greatest fears is that someone might try to be a copycat," he said.