Jake Howell, the Las Vegas teenager arrested last week with an unloaded semiautomatic rifle inside his car at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, has attracted the interest of federal anti-terrorism agents.
Before he was arrested, FBI agents assigned to the Southern Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed Howell, an 18-year-old June graduate of the Clark County public school, about his ties to another jailed teen accused of making chilling comments that, in part, promoted school violence.
That teen, 18-year-old Steven Matthew Fernandes, is in federal custody facing firearms and explosives charges investigated by the FBI-led terrorism task force.
Authorities think Howell, in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on a local firearms charge, and Fernandes were “best friends” and graduated together from the Northwest Career and Technical Academy.
Concerns were raised last week that friends of Fernandes might try to do harm at the school in retaliation for the charges brought against Fernandes, who authorities say has…