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UPDATE: Man arrested for threatening schools; LA police chief announces new security policy

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck

Julio Morales

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Update 9:34am: LAPD released the name of the man arrested for allegedly making threats against L.A. school children in a Facebook posting.

Kyle Bangayan, 24, of Pomona was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after police searched his parents' East Hollywood home and found nine guns, including handguns, rifles, and a shotgun. 

Who those guns belong to and whether they were obtained legally is still under investigation.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said police are hyper-vigilant in the wake of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. This particular threat he said, was somewhat vague, not referencing any one school.

"It basically referenced what happened in Connecticut and it basically indicated that he was thinking about doing that type of thing at a school or schools here in Los Angeles," Smith said. "We don't know if he was actually planning on carrying these out, we have to assume he was, that's why he's sitting in jail right now."

Bangayan is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at LAPD's detention facility. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is expected to talk more about the incident, as well as his plan to step up patrols at elementary and middle schools in the city Monday afternoon. 

Previously: Police have arrested a man for allegedly making criminal threats against Los Angeles elementary schools.

Officer Venus Hall said the man was arrested Sunday afternoon by officers in the Northeast Division, an area covering east Hollywood to Glassell Park and Silverlake. He remains in the downtown jail.

“Apparently on Facebook, he made some threats against a number of elementary schools. He was arrested. A number of firearms were retrieved," Hall said. "His name and age and location and all that is not being revealed at this time because of an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Even though students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are on winter break, Cmdr. Andrew Smith says police are taking threats very seriously.

The arrest came two days after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Later on Monday, L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck plans to announce details of a plan to step up patrols at more than a 1,000 schools when they come back from winter break.

“Every K through 5 and every middle school in Los Angeles gets visited at least once a day by a Los Angeles police officer,” Beck told NBC LA.

The chief wants every school to get at least one random visit from an officer each day – it’s a plan Beck developed after Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Correction: This post originally referenced the suspect's parents' home as being in Koreatown. It's actually in East Hollywood.

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