WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has charged a teen after he made a social media post, threatening to shoot up a Wilmington movie theater, deputies say.
The 16-year-old was taken into custody on Friday and charged with one count of cyberstalking, according to deputies. He was released from jail after posting an unsecured $2,500 bond.
Arrest warrants say the teen, using the name “cheezeclazone,” made a post on Instagram on Thursday that stated: “I’m going to shoot up am AMC theater in Wilmington North Carolina behind Sonic at 7:50 on October 8th.”
The post was later deleted.
“Thanks to local citizens and the media who notified us of his online social media post we were able to locate and identify [the teen],” said Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. “At no point did [he] have the means to carry out any threat.”
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