On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 the Yuba City Police Department (YCPD) received a call from a reporting party who said they received threatening text messages. These text messages threatened a mass shooting and suicide at an unknown casino. The messages indicated the shooting would occur on February 6, prior to 11:00 pm.
During their investigation, YCPD learned the reporting party met the suspect at Gold Country Casino and passed the information along to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). Through a lengthy investigation, BCSO Deputies identified the suspect as 26 year-old Wade Burnside of Oroville. Deputies were able to locate Wade at his residence in the 600 block of Mitchell Ave, in Oroville.
During a probation search of Wade’s residence, deputies located the cellphone used to send the threatening text messages. Wade initially denied sending the threatening text messages, but eventually came clean when presented with the text messages on his cellphone. Deputies also located 4.9 grams of methamphetamines, multiple methamphetamine smoking pipes, and ammunition inside Wade’s residence.
Wade Burnside was arrested for 422(a) California Penal Code (Terrorists Threats), 11377(a) California Health and Safety (Possession of Methamphetamines), 11364(a) California Health and Safety (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia), 30305(a)(1) California Penal Code (Felon in Possession of Ammunition), and 1203.2 California Penal Code (Violation of Probation). Wade Burnside was booked on the aforementioned charges, with a total bail of $500,000.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the member of the public who notified law enforcement after receiving these threatening text messages. This tip led to the apprehension of the suspect, and possibly prevented an active shooter situation at the casinos that quite possibly saved the lives of many innocent citizens.
BCSO also wants to remind our citizens that we take threats such as these very seriously, and strongly encourages members of the public to contact law enforcement should they receive information on threats of this nature.