On Sunday, August 4, 2019, a concerned community member notified the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) of an online threat of violence potentially occurring at a scheduled special event in the City of Long Beach.
Once informed, the LBPD took immediate steps to investigate the potential threat. Making any kind of threat whether in person or online, is illegal and has serious consequences. On August 5th, detectives identified and arrested 27-year-old Jose Rafael Guzman of Huntington Park and he has been booked for criminal threats and threatening a public officer. Guzman was being held on $50,000 bail at the Long Beach City Jail and has since posted bail.
“We take all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigate all reported incidents,” said Chief Robert Luna. “Our department will remain vigilant and continue to be visible to ensure the safety of our community.”
In response to the tragic shootings that have taken place across the nation over the last couple of days, the LBPD has scheduled extra patrols and will place all available resources in high visibility areas to ensure our community feels safe at all times. These efforts will continue in the upcoming days.
We want to thank the concerned community member for bringing this information forward and ask everyone to follow the philosophy of “See Something, Say Something” when witnessing or hearing suspicious activity. Anyone with information regarding a threat of violence is asked to call the LBPD immediately by dialing 9-1-1, or (562) 435-6711 for a non-emergency situation. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.