REPORT: Teen tells police he wanted to be prepared for collapse of society

Joyce Lupiani

REPORT: Teen tells police he wanted to be prepared for collapse of society

CREATED Dec. 26, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The 18-year-old young man arrested on Dec. 21 for gun possession on a local school campus told police that he wanted to be prepared for the "society collapse" that was rumored to occur that day.

Jake Howell told police that he had driven his car from Utah to Las Vegas to spend the holidays with family and friends.

A former student at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, he says he went there on Dec. 21 to visit past teachers and to meet up with a friend.

Howell denied to police of having any intentions of harming anyone at the school or school property.

Howell was arrested after being contacted by a police officer with the Clark County School District Police Department.

The CCSD officer was on campus investigating a report that was received that indicated associates of a former student were possibly involved in a plot against the school.

That former student is currently under investigation by the Las Vegas division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on various charges involving guns and explosives.

The CCSD officer had just completed questioning a known associate of the FBI suspect when the officer was informed by the school principal that another known associate, Jake Howell, had just arrived on campus.

Several items were recovered from Howell's vehicle including a SKS assault rifle, an airsoft pistol, an ammunition clip and loose ammunition, a 16-inch bayonet, a black knife with a 5-1/2 inch blade, a survival knife with a 6-inch blade, various military-style uniforms, camouflage backpacks, shovels, a stove, food items, water, various tools, other clothing and electronics.

Howell was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and booked on five counts of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.