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Detectives seize arsenal from man suspected of planning UPS facility mass shooting

Authorities seized more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, body armor and several guns this weekend at the home of a UPS worker suspected of planning a workplace shooting at the UPS facility in Sunnyvale.

Thomas Joseph Andrews, 32, was arrested on suspicion of criminal threats, weapons violations, evading police and driving under the influence Sunday night.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Thomas Joseph Andrews, 32, was arrested Sunday, March 1, 2020 on suspicion of planning a mass shooting at the Sunnyvale, Calif. UPS facility where he worked.

UPS notified the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety about 8 p.m. Sunday that they had received text messages from Andrews that threatened a mass shooting at the Sunnyvale UPS facility.

Andrews was the registered owner of four handguns and a rifle, police discovered, and officers started searching for him.

About 11:15 p.m., Sunnyvale officers spotted Andrews in the area of Fair Oaks and Maude avenues and tried to pull him over, but he led them on a chase onto southbound Highway 101.

The California Highway Patrol assisted in the freeway pursuit and Andrews was taken into custody on Highway 101 near Bailey Road.

Sunnyvale detectives obtained a search warrant for Andrews’ home and found more than 20,000 rounds of handgun and rifle ammunition, numerous high capacity magazines, five tactical-style rifles, one shotgun, three handguns and body armor.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Sunnyvale, Calif. detectives seized more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, body armor, high capacity magazines, tactical-style rifles, handguns and a shotgun from the home of Thomas Joseph Andrews, 32, on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Andrews was arrested on suspicion of planning a mass shooting at the Sunnyvale UPS facility where he worked.

In addition, several backpacks containing ammunition were staged at the front door of the apartment, authorities said.

Santa Clara County Jail records show Andrews is being held on $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Detective Barron Renzi at (408) 730-7712 or brenzi@sunnyvale.ca.gov.

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