Police in Alexandria, Virginia, arrested a registered sex offender who allegedly threatened to murder students Howard University in an online publication.
John Edgar Rust, 26, was arrested on Wednesday after a two-year investigation into the threat, according to WTTG TV. Court documents allege that on November 15, 2015, Rust posted a note on the Reddit and 4Chan websites suggesting that he planned to kill students at the school at the historically black college of in Washington DC ]
The post seems to have been linked to protests against racial prejudice at the University of Missouri, according to WUSA TV. The news station cites the post as reading:
"I left MU [University of Missouri] yesterday because I could not take it anymore." I'm going home to Maryland and What do I see? The same old s ***. Turn on the news and it's always the ***** that causes problems everywhere, so I've decided, whatever n ***** is left at Howard University after at 10 o'clock in the morning he will be the first to leave, and any of those commentators who try to leave using the subway will regret that very fast election. "
The post concluded: "After all, it is not murder if they are black."
As a result of the post, the police intensified their patrols for two days and the school contacted the FBI, according to the Washington Post.
During the investigation, the authorities determined the IP address that was associated with the person who wrote the message was assigned to Panera Bread in Alexandria
After reviewing the restaurant's router records, the researchers discovered that Rust had used multiple devices in the restaurant at the time the threats were made in the restaurant. line. They also discovered that he had used his credit card to make a purchase from Panera, which indicated he was in the restaurant at the time.
It turns out that Rust is banned from using the Internet because he is a sex offender. In 2012, he was convicted of sexual assault and indecent liberties with a child by a janitor in nearby Loudoun County The Post reports.
Investigators said that Rust admitted that he was on his computer in Panera the day the publication was made. A search on his computer found several preliminary versions of the threat and confirmed that he had visited both 4Chan and Reddit on the day of the mail.
Rust was charged on Wednesday in federal court for transmitting threats over the Internet, which could put him behind bars for five years if convicted.
He must return to court on Thursday.