April 19, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia: The HRP/RCMP Integrated General Investigation Section has charged a 19-year-old male after threats were made online.
On August 2nd, 2013, police received a complaint from a 49-year-old male who was threatened online. Threats from the suspect were posted underneath a YouTube video posted in August by the victim. Other threats were made via another site called WordPress.
As a result of an investigation, search warrants were executed to obtain IP addresses and other information. Police seized a computer and electronic storage devices from a residence on Peter Court in Eastern Passage.
On Thursday evening, police officers arrested a 19-year-old at the residence on Peter Court in Eastern Passage. He is facing charges under the Criminal Code including Uttering Death Threats and Criminal Harassment. He will be appearing in Dartmouth Provincial Court on May 20th, 2014.
Cpl. Scott MacRae
Office: (902) 490-1497
Cell: (902) 488-2830
The recent charges filed are in relation to a death threat I received last summer on my YouTube channel. Thursday evening I was contacted by police and informed of the charges and other details.
Although I am relieved this person has been identified and charged I do think it’s sad someone so young has made such a mess out of their life and chosen to lash out in such a way. That is unfortunate.
The HRM Police Department did an outstanding job in tracking him down and holding him accountable. It would have been nice if it was resolved quicker but that was out of their hands (Google took months to respond). Hopefully social media companies are learning to be more responsive to police requests for information and in the future response times will be much shorter.
People who turn to the Internet to harass and threaten others and believe they are doing so in darkness need to know police are getting better at turning on the lights. You are not as hidden as you think.
It’s Easter, its a hard weekend. I’m going for a long walk.