Sheriff: Man Threatened "Columbine" Style Attack

Daniel McDade, 31, of Lombard, was arrested last week Tuesday in Denver, Colo., authorities said

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    DuPage County Sheriff
    Daniel McDade

    A Lombard man faces felony charges after allegedly threatening to pull off a "Columbine"-style attack at the DuPage County Courthouse.

    Daniel McDade, 31, of the 2700 block of Highland Avenue in the far western suburb, was arrested last week Tuesday in Denver, Colo., authorities said.

    As part of his condition of his bail on a recent DUI charge, McDade was scheduled to appear for a drug test on April 4. Upon receiving notice of the appointment, authorities said McDade took to Facebook with threatening messages.

    Sheriff John Zaruba's office said McDade threatened to "shoot several people, including children, police and public officials in a 'Columbine' type shooting at the courthouse."

    "All threats no matter how extreme or seemingly insignificant need to be taken seriously," Zaruba said.

    The sheriff's office said a tip pointed them to the Denver area, and officers from the Denver Police Department ultimately tracked McDade down. McDade had been ordered by a judge to not leave Illinois.

    McDade has been charged with one felony count of Threatening a Public Official, a class 3 felony, and one count of Disorderly Conduct, a class 4 felony.

    Twelve students and one teacher were slain in the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in a suburb of Denver. Twenty-one others were injured.