A convicted felon accused of storming into an after- school conference in Riverside and threatening to shoot attendees was charged Friday with making death threats and stalking.
Frederick James Cotton, 51, was arrested earlier this week following an investigation by Riverside police.
Cotton, being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail, is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, on the afternoon of Feb. 13, a group of parents and children were gathered for a “Kids’ Cafe” hosted by the Salvation Army in the 3600 block of First Street when Cotton allegedly barged in on the gathering.
The defendant made general “threats of gun violence” that frightened participants, Railsback said.
“He seemed to be upset about a relationship and directed his threats toward program parents and the facility,” the officer said.
Witnesses immediately confirmed Cotton’s identity for investigators. However, it took over a week to locate him, according to Railsback.
The ex-con was ultimately found shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday at a residence on Hillcrest Drive in Fontana, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
Cotton has several prior felony convictions in another jurisdiction for which he served time in state prison within the past five years, according to court documents. The offenses weren’t specified.
–City News Service
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