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Teen charged for online threats that led to RHS lockdown

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The FBI announced Wednesday that a Roswell teenager is facing a federal charge for allegedly posting a threat on social media that led to the lockdown of Roswell High School last November.

Matthew Lee Herbert, 18, is charged with one count of interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another, Frank Fisher, public affairs officer for the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, said Wednesday.

Herbert is accused of making two threatening posts on the social media site Snapchat Nov. 12.

The first message consisted of an image with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in the background with the caption “b ready rhs I ain’t playin nomo.” A second message posted contained the initial post and the additional caption “Oof y’all watch out.”

A representative from the school district contacted the FBI on the morning of Nov. 12 to report the threat. The school was temporarily locked down and at least 638 students were signed out of school on that day.

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Herbert was in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces June 17 for his initial appearance and a preliminary detention hearing June 22. According to court documents, Herbert was subsequently released on an unsecured bond of $5,000.

The conditions of his release dictate Herbert not use any computer or other electronic device with internet capabilities without prior approval by a pretrial or probation officer, or create or maintain a social media account; and that his residence be cleared of all firearms.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.