Who is Rodolfo Aceves? Texas teen, 19, who idolized Salvador Ramos plotted mass shooting at Amazon facility

Rodolfo Aceves was arrested over a 'legitimate potential mass shooting threat' and an AR-15 was seized from his location


                            Who is Rodolfo Aceves? Texas teen, 19, who idolized Salvador Ramos plotted mass shooting at Amazon facility
A 19-year-old man Rodolfo Aceves (L) allegedly warned a woman of his plans to carry out a mass shooting at the Amazon facility and says he idolizes Salvador Ramos (R) (San Antonio Police Department/Facebook, @salv8dor_/Instagram)
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: A 19-year-old man, Rodolfo Valdivia Aceves accused of planning a mass shooting at the Amazon Delivery Station where he worked, was arrested on a charge of terroristic threats, according to a preliminary report from the San Antonio Police Department on Monday, June 27. At 10.34 am on June 27, San Antonio Police Department responded to the 8200 block of Sous Vide Way to an Amazon Delivery station after a report of threats, the SAPD shared via a Facebook Post.

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The officers arrived and spoke with several people, who said the suspect, identified as Aceves, was planning a mass shooting at the delivery station. The 19-year-old man allegedly warned a woman, who was his colleague, of his plans to carry out a mass shooting at the Amazon facility. Aceves was located and contacted by detectives under a “legitimate potential mass shooting threat.” During the investigation “credible information to support the threat was developed,” and an AR-15 was seized from Aceves’ location.

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The woman told the SAPD officers that Aceves told her that he idolized the gunman Salvador Ramos, who carried out last month’s deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and was “tired of living.” The young man allegedly made the threatening remarks last Friday, June 24, after a fire alarm went off at his Amazon delivery depot. While evacuating, Aceves told the woman that "it would be a good idea to pull the fire alarm" to have employees exit so a person could commit a mass shooting. He then allegedly told her that he was intent on carrying out a shooting, KSAT-12 reported. After the Texas school shooting, many protests were carried out for restricting the gun laws for more safety. 

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Gun-control advocates hold a vigil outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters. The group is calling for gun law reforms after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

The witness didn’t tell anyone on Friday, June 24 because she said she was afraid of retaliation, but on Monday, June 27 she decided to tell her superiors because she thought Aceves was capable of following through on the threat due to other comments he’s made in the past.

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Aceves’ father, when interviewed by detectives, said that the 19-year-old had purchased an AR-15-style rifle and that his family was afraid of him. A warrant for his arrest was obtained, and he was taken into custody on a charge of terroristic threat on Monday, June 27, according to Bexar County records.

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“This case highlights the importance of community collaboration and appropriate responses. This is the essence of ‘see something, say something.’ If not for the witness who came forward, this incident could have resulted in a tragic outcome,” the San Antonio Police Department stated in the post.

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