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Authorities: Man made threat via 'Streetchat' app

An Erwin man was arrested Monday evening following a brief undercover investigation stemming from a post he made on the popular social media site Streetchat.
Rafael Diaz Salvana, 18, 101 Engineer Lane, was arrested Monday evening on charges of false reporting, making death threats to a school employee and harassment. Salvana is a student at Unicoi County High School.
Student Resource Officer Andy Slagle keeps up with social media posts pertaining to the school and on Monday, he noticed a post that read ‘Everyone in school will die on Tuesday’. Slagle alerted Sheriff Mike Hensley. Hensley contacted Unicoi County Schools Director Denise Brown about the situation and also contacted his investigators.
Sheriff’s deputies and investigators, posing a girl that Salvana wanted to meet, began communicating with Salvana through Facebook. With assistance from TBI, the source of the location was pinpointed. Through TBI, the sheriff’s department was able to track down a telephone number and photograph on Facebook in which Salvana is posing next to a vehicle. The vehicle’s license plate number was matched back to Salvana and to the address. Deputy Slagle, still undercover, then agreed to meet up with Salvana at the Wal-Mart in Unicoi, where he was taken into custody without incident. Authorities searched Salvana’s home and locker and found no weapons or suspicious materials.
Sheriff Hensley said that Salvana said that he had no intention to harm anyone at the school. Rather, he was just trying to “look tough.” Sheriff Hensley said that he did not believe Salvana was a serious threat, but still took the matter very seriously.
“As sheriff of this county, I will not tolerate this type of activity,” said Hensley.
Salvana was arraigned Tuesday morning and released on a $10,000 bond.