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Man who allegedly made threats served with restraining orders

Posted: October 16, 2012 10:01 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2012 10:01 p.m.
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A 21-year-old Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion of threatening to murder children was slapped with restraining orders Tuesday ordering him to stay away from schools, court papers show.

Eric Ting Yee, a Valencia High School graduate whose arrest made national news in September, returned to San Fernando Superior Court on Tuesday after posting enough money to be released from custody shortly after his arrest.

Yee has not been residing in the Santa Clarita Valley since his release, according to his lawyer.

When he appeared in court, Yee was handed two temporary restraining orders signed by a Superior Court judge ordering him to stay away from schools in both the William S. Hart Union High School District and the Saugus Union School District.

Although the restraining orders were obtained Sept. 25, lawyers representing the districts took advantage of Yee’s appearance in criminal court Tuesday to officially serve him notice.

On Tuesday, Yee entered a plea of not guilty to one criminal count of possessing an illegal weapon and was ordered to appear back in court next month for a preliminary hearing on the weapon charge.

Yee was arrested Sept. 17 for allegedly posting comments in an ESPN chat room saying he was watching kids and wouldn’t mind killing them.

Although the arrest was made for allegedly making threats, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office did not file such a charge against him.

A search of his parents’ home, which overlooks two Santa Clarita Valley schools, turned up several weapons, including an illegal H&K M-94 assault rifle.

Yee’s father, Roger Manfoo Yee, also appeared in court Tuesday, also charged with one count of possessing an illegal weapon. He, too, entered a plea of not guilty.

Restraining orders

After Yee posted bail, officials with the Hart and Saugus Union school districts approached lawyers at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP about obtaining a restraining order.

The lawyers, in turn, swore out temporary restraining orders against Yee forbidding him to come near two dozen named schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Yee was initially scheduled to appear in Chatsworth Superior Court Wednesday on the restraining order, a civil matter. However, he wasn’t served notice until Tuesday.

Now he’s expected to appear in Chatsworth on Nov. 7.

On that day, a judge is expected to hear arguments as to why the restraining orders should be extended.

Yee’s lawyer, David Wallin, who represents both father and son in the criminal matter, said he will fight the restraining orders if asked by the Yees.

“We don’t think there’s reasonable grounds for a restraining order,” Wallin said Tuesday.

Since no criminal charges were filed against Yee for allegedly making a criminal threat, there’s no legal grounds for the restraining order, he said.

“We don’t think there’s any reason why his citizen’s rights should be taken away,” he said. “He should be allowed to walk where he wants to walk.”

Court order

According to copies of the restraining orders obtained by The Signal, Yee must not:

n harass, molest, strike, assault (sexually or otherwise), batter, abuse, destroy personal property of or disturb the peace of the person, which in this case pertains to students.

n commit acts of violence or make threats of violence against the person.

n follow or stalk the person during work hours or to or from the place of work.

n contact the person, directly or indirectly, by any means, including but not limited to in person, by telephone, in writing, by public or private mail, or interoffice mail, by text message, by e-mail, by fax or by other electronic means.

n enter the workplace of the person.

n take any action to obtain the person’s addresses or locations.



Schools named in two temporary restraining orders sworn out against Eric Yee include:

Tesoro del Valle
Skyblue Mesa
Santa Clarita
Rio Vista
Plum Canyon
North Park
James Foster
Charles Helmers
West Creek Academy

Arroyo Seco
La Mesa
Rancho Pico
Rio Norte
Sierra Vista

Golden Oak Adult School
Home School Program
Sequoia Charter
Transitional Learning Center

Source: Temporary restraining orders served Tuesday



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