La Plata, Maryland police issued a statement Wednesday night announcing a twenty-year old Black man was arrested for making a threat on Twitter earlier in the day to kill all the white people in the small southern Maryland town. The threatening tweet concluded with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Screen image via Twitter. WJZ-TV.
“IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LA PLATA #BlackLivesMatter”
The La Plata police statement was posted to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
“UPDATE: The La Plata Police Department identified the individual who tweeted the threat against La Plata residents. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Threats of Mass Violence. An arrest warrant was issued for:
“HOLLINS, Carlos Anthony, B/M/6-02/140/Black Hair/Brown Eyes/D.O.B. 2/2/1995 of Waldorf, Maryland.
“At 2047 hours, Mr. Hollins was taken into custody without incident by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Waldorf.
“On September 2, 2015 at approximately 4:43 p.m. the La Plata Police Department was alerted to a threat of violence against La Plata residents that was made on social media. The agency is working with allied law enforcement agencies to establish the credibility of the threat and the identity of the individual. The tweet read: IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LA PLATA”
“More information will be forthcoming. The Department has added extra officers to patrol in an effort to protect the public.”
BayNet.com reported Hollins has a minor criminal record.
“Court records show a peace order was issued against Hollins in April of 2014 and it expired seven months later. He was also previously charged with trespassing in 2013. Those cases have been closed. There is no information on when Hollins will be in court for a hearing on this latest charge.”
A short video was posted at 7:41 p.m. EDT to the Twitter account that originated the threat, @_TRVPCOCAINE, claiming the poster was at a police station getting ready to turn himself in.
“turnin myself in rn”
The audio of the video appears to be the person talking on a cellphone as he walks through the parking lot of the police station. The person says the tweet “wasn’t even that serious” and that police “killed (his) cousin Paco.”
The poster apparently deleted the original threatening tweet, but then retweeted others who retweeted it as in this tweet.
UPDATE: WBAL-TV reported Hollins is being held on $250,000 bond.