Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Janitor threatened to bring gun to Osceola school, said his ‘mind is not right,’ deputies say

Michael Williams Orlando Sentinel May 23, 2018

A janitor at an Osceola County middle school is facing a felony charge after deputies say he threatened to bring a weapon to school and attack his co-workers.

Deputies say they began investigating Gilberto Colón-Vega, 55, after a teacher at Parkway Middle School reported him for making disturbing comments in her classroom.

The teacher had complained about having a dirty room. Colón-Vega seemed angry that pictures of the classroom were sent to his supervisor, according to a charging affidavit.

Deputies say Colón-Vega told the teacher that his “mind is not right” because his nephew had committed a murder-suicide in Puerto Rico and began showing the teacher pictures of the scene.

Colón-Vega then mentioned that he had a job performance review on Monday. When the teacher suggested that he bring a union representative to the meeting, Colón-Vega said he would bring a gun instead, the affidavit said.

After being told not to do something he would regret, he told the teacher, “The only thing that I will regret is that when I finish in the office, the ones I want to get work in the hallway and they will run for their lives before I can get to them,” according to the affidavit.

The teacher left the room and began having a panic attack, authorities said.

During an interview with deputies, Colón-Vega’s supervisor said that he had made similar comments, showing him a picture of the murder-suicide and saying, “This is what happens when people cross me,” according to court documents.

Deputies noted that Colón-Vega had recently bought a handgun.

He was taken to the Osceola County Jail on $5,000 bond, facing charges with making a false report concerning the use of a firearm. Court documents show deputies seized the handgun and recommended a risk protection order, which would temporarily prohibit Colón-Vega from posessing firearms, be placed against him.

Michael Williams can be reached at miwilliams@orlandosentinel.com, 407-420-5022 or @michaeldamianw

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