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Braeden Riess was arrested Monday for emails threatening to harm Middleton Elementary School students.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Sherwood police have arrested a man they believe was sending threatening emails regarding Sherwood's Middleton Elementary School.Sherwood police have arrested a man for allegedly threatening to kill children at Middleton Elementary School.

Sherwood police said they arrested Braeden Richard Riess Monday, May 16, on multiple counts of first-degree disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor. He was lodged in Washington County Jail with a full bail of $50,000 set.

The case started when a federal agency contacted the Sherwood Police Department regarding receiving several threatening emails from Riess. In them, Riess allegedly expressed a desire to kill people, specifically children at Middleton Elementary, according to a news release from Sherwood police.

Once aware of the threats, both Sherwood detectives and the Sherwood School District's school resource officer began investigating.

"We began surveillance of his residence and obtaining as much background and historical information on (Riess) as possible," police stated in a news release about the arrest. "We contacted the Sherwood School District and made them aware of the threats. We advised them we would be taking him into custody as soon as possible."

Police said their goal was to not allow Riess to get near any school. That included securing Middleton Elementary School during its investigation and provide a police presence at the school.

"We also contacted the Washington County District Attorney's office to work through charges and obtaining search warrants for (Riess's) residence," police stated. "Because of the limited scope of charges, we worked with a Washington County Judge to increase and secure a higher bail for (Riess)."

Police discovered Riess was not in possession of a firearm, nor did they find one in his residence. He was issued an extreme risk protection order, which is a court order preventing anyone who may be at risk of hurting someone else or of committing suicide from having deadly weapons, including firearms.

Sherwood police said they're trying to share as many details about the incident as they can to let the community better understand what they've been doing during the investigation.

"Moving forward, we will continue to follow Riess through the judicial process," the release added. "We will be working with the Sherwood School District to address any issues with the possible release of (Riess) prior to the end of the school year."

Editor's note: Citing information from the Sherwood Police Department, an earlier version of this story misspelled the suspect's surname. Authorities have since identified him as Braeden Richard Riess, a Tigard resident.


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