Wednesday 20 June 2018

Man arrested after threatening Las-Vegas style shootings in Facebook post

Roderick Lamar Robinson. Picture: Police
Roderick Lamar Robinson. Picture: Police

Ken Miller

An Oklahoma man has been arrested after threatening to carry out shootings in Oklahoma City and San Antonio similar to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, police said.

Roderick Lamar Robinson was detained on Tuesday at a home in Warr Acres, the Oklahoma City suburb where he lives, said Oklahoma City police captain Bo Mathews.

Several people sent messages to police alerting them that Robinson had posted on Facebook that he would kill people in those cities in a manner similar to Sunday's shooting in Las Vegas, Mr Mathews said.

A Facebook page that appears to be Robinson's contained no such threats on Wednesday.

Jail records show Robinson, who is 39, remained in custody on Wednesday, while no lawyer was listed to speak on his behalf.

San Antonio police spokeswoman Romana Lopez said the department was notified of the threats and learned that Robinson travels between Oklahoma and San Antonio.

She said San Antonio officers notified Oklahoma City police, who then arrested Robinson with assistance from Warr Acres police.

In a post on the Oaklahoma City Police Department officers praised the public for alerting them to the potential threat.

"The time between when were notified of the threatening posts and his arrest was a matter of just a few hours. He was arrested on the charge of Terrorism Hoax. San Antonio Police have also issued a warrant for his arrest.

"We always encourage the public to 'see something, say something'. This was a fantastic example of citizens doing just that. Through our Department’s Facebook page, we received a number of messages alerting us of Mr. Robinson’s posts."

In the Las Vegas shooting, the gunman opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel suite, striking fans at a country music festival below.

He killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others before killing himself in his hotel room, authorities said.

Mr Mathews said it isn't known if Robinson had the weapons needed to carry out a mass shooting, but that any such threat will be taken seriously.

"You can't just, under your breath, say these kind of things anymore," Mr Mathews said. "You do have to take it seriously now."

He added that officers become aware of such threats more quickly now because of social media.

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