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Police: Two teens charged in connection to threats at a Pender County School

(L-R) Nathan Branch, Omar Sanchez
(L-R) Nathan Branch, Omar Sanchez(WITN)
Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 9:37 AM EST
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The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has charged two teens after investigating a potential threat at Burgaw Middle School.

​Omar Sanchez and Nathan Brice Branch, both 18, were arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on educational property, communicating threats of mass violence on educational property and second degree trespass.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office was notified on Nov. 25, around 7:45 p.m. of a social media post referencing a potential shooting at Burgaw Middle School.

“There are rumors that there will be a shooting at BMS,” the post said, according to a post on Pender County Schools’ (PCS) Facebook page.

The investigation revealed a “residential relationship” between a group of juveniles and two 18-year-old Burgaw residents.

Authorities executed two search warrants Nov. 26 around 4:45 a.m. at two mobile homes on Tasha Lane in Burgaw. Two BB pistols that resembled real firearms were located.

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