Oxford man accused of plans for ‘Columbine-style’ attack on Oxford High School


OXFORD – Joshua Brandon Pillault of Oxford is under arrest accused of threats to recreate Colorado’s 1999 Columbine attack that killed students and teachers.
Federal court records show Pillault, about 20, of 106 Combs St. appeared before Magistrate Judge Jane. M. Virden on Tuesday after his arrest Monday.
He’s being detained temporarily until a Thursday hearing in Greenville.
A sworn affidavit from FBI Special Agent Daniel C. Blount claims that on Oct. 4, Pillault was accused of making threatening communications on the internet to someone in Virginia playing a computer came called “Runescape.”
Blount said a chat log shows someone calling himself “Paul Gilbert” said to look for the last name “Pillault” in the news next April marking Columbine High School’s attack anniversary.
“Paul Gilbert made threats to kill people and blow up Oxford High School,” the FBI affidavit states.
The initial calls about “Gilbert” came to the Oxford Police Department from Virginia and England.
An internet trace claims to show that the computer from which the threats came was in Oxford, at the home of Pillault’s mother.
Blount also stated that Pillault attended Oxford High but dropped out without graduating and had some 20 disciplinary actions against him for “disruptive behavior.”
His arrest came after Judge Mike Mills signed Blount’s affidavit, which charges Pillault with using interstate and foreign communication to make threats to injure people and destroy buildings by explosives.
Blount also asked to search Pillault’s property for weapons, ammunition, explosives and computers.
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