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The same day of the elementary school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Cedar Lake Police say they were called to the home of a 60-year-old man who allegedly said he would enter a school and kill as many people as he could before police could stop him. It's unclear if the alleged statement was made prior to or after news reports of the mass shooting in Connecticut that same morning. Police say they were called to the Cedar Lake man's home early Friday morning after it was reported the suspect threatened to set his wife on fire after she fell asleep. A statement issued by Cedar Lake Interim Police Chief Gerald Smith says school officials worked closely with police to increase security at all local schools on Friday, and during a search of the suspect's home Saturday, police say they removed 47 guns and ammunition with an estimated value of over 100-thousand dollars, with many of the guns seized being older collector's items. The man's house on West 133rd Avenue, police say, is within walking distance of Jane Ball Elementary School and the properties are connected through a series of trails and walking paths through a wooded area. Cedar Lake Police requested the assistance of the Lake County Police Tactical Team to take the man into custody and in the early afternoon Saturday, West 133rd Avenue was closed off near the residence as an extra precaution. The man was taken into custody without incident, police say, and was being held without bond, pending an initial hearing on four felony counts of intimidation, one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement.
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