Two teens arrested for attempting to start a riot in Jerome

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 13:18:56-04

JEROME, Idaho — Two teens have been arrested for attempting to start a riot, and for conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, according to police.

Police say they were notified of a Snapchat post calling for violent protesting in Jerome Monday.

Jerome Police say after an investigation they were able to arrest the two responsible for the posts: a 17-year-old boy from Gooding County, and a 16-year-old boy from Jerome.

Police say they don't believe the teens were conspiring with terrorist or other radical organizations.

"The Jerome Police Department will remain vigilant and extra staffing will be in effect. We thank all of our Southern Idaho law enforcement partners who responded to our request for help," the police department said in a press release. "The members of Jerome Police Department share the sorrow and outrage of our community and our nation over the death of George Floyd while in police custody and we support the right of people to engage in peaceful expression in such matters of deep concern. However, we are also committed to the safety of our community and will continue to be on guard for those who would commit violent acts against our citizens or their property."