Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake teen charged with making death threat to Harvard High School students

HARVARD – A Crystal Lake man was arrested Friday after being charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly making a threat through social media to shoot 20 unnamed students at Harvard High School.

Trevor A. Pilz, 19, of 1740 Copperfield St. in Crystal Lake, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday by Harvard and Crystal Lake police and charged with the Class 4 felony. He is being held at McHenry County Jail on $20,000 bond.

A Class 4 felony is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Harvard Deputy Police Chief Mark Krause said high school personnel notified the department of the threat Friday after discovering it was made on a social media platform earlier in the week.

When the arrest was made, Krause said the seriousness of the threat could not be determined but said an investigation was ongoing.

“We have to consider everything pretty credible until we know different,” he said.

Pilz’s Facebook page shows he is from Harvard but went to Woodstock North High School. An expletive-laden, vague death threat directed toward unknown people was posted on his Facebook page earlier this week.

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