Hello, fanbase as you know, I use this wordpress blog as an outlet for my obsessive entertainment passions’ and hobbies but now this time we need to use this page for Justice, a dangerous man who goes by the name Alonzo Rodriguez has been notified by the LAPD due to scary death threats in the form of a school shooting within Los, Angeles’s annual anime convention Anime Expo, 2018, get this man caught ladies and gentlemen.
Screenshots of the text conversation were originally shared on Facebook by recipient Robert Kampfy Grubbs but were then removed by the social media website. Facebook user Karen Huynh then shared the screenshots on June 8 where it was picked up by other social media accounts and distributed widely.
In the text messages, Rodriguez allegedly writes, “These cons are due for a high school shooting, by a high school kidd [sic]. I’m working on a case at the moment. Shit u [sic] not.”
Due to the threat and Rodriguez’s proximity to California conventions, concerned parties contacted Anime Expo’s Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to bring awareness to the situation. Anime News Network reached out to SPJA for comment. SPJA stated:
The Investigation Report
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation and everyone involved with Anime Expo take all threats of any nature very seriously and will always elevate them to the proper authorities to investigate.
When we were made aware of the potential threat implied online, we promptly alerted local law enforcement. They have and will continue to take appropriate actions in accordance with their procedures.
Just as in 2017, we are working with security teams and local law enforcement, including K9 teams and traffic control officers, to maintain the safety of our event. Additionally, as previously announced, we are utilizing RFID badges for AX this year and will have security checks at each entrance. We encourage attendees to check our mobile app and maps to get familiarized with the various designated entrances.
All attendees must have their prop weapons checked prior to entering the event area at the weapon check booths located outdoors prior to entering the event area. We encourage all attendees to notify staff of any suspicious activities, in accordance with the “see something, say something” campaign.
For 27 years, we have been proud of our commitment to providing the attendees of Anime Expo a safe and fun environment to enjoy their passion of Japanese pop culture. And, we know this will continue as Anime Expo evolves and grows.
Anime News Network reached out multiple times to the Los Angeles Police’s Media Relations and Major Crime Division via phone and e-mail to confirm what actions are being taken to ensure AX attendee’s safety and what, if any, actions were taken regarding Rodriguez. Those requests were not answered by press time.
According to Grubbs, this threat is not the first Rodriguez has made. Grubbs stated that he met Rodriguez in 2012, and believes that his temperament is tied to failed romantic relationships and that he engages in “bizarre behavior” in order to obtain attention. Grubbs added that Rodriguez has bragged about his ability to defend himself and is confrontational to others.
According to Grubbs, Rodriguez brought a knife to Anime Conji, a convention in San Diego, and “put the staff under duress” during the event. Anime News Network has reached out to Anime Conji staff to verify this event but has not received a response by press time.
Date published: 02/07/18
Written by: Joseph Opoku
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