Eighteen-year-old, Justin Olsen, in Mahoning County, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 12, was charged with making threats against law enforcement by Federal prosecutors, according to cleveland.com.
The investigation started in February, when agents found comments online from a user who discussed supporting mass shootings, according to WJW.
A threat to assault federal law enforcement officers posted by the user, writing, “Shoot every agent on sight,” in a discussion about the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco in 1993, according to court documents.
Agents met with Olsen, who gave written consent to agents he met with for a search of his car and bedroom, according to a probable cause warrant.
Agents reported that they found 10,000 rounds of ammunition, camouflage clothing, camouflaged backpacks, 15 rifles and shotguns and 10 semi-automatic pistols, WJW reported.
Authorities arrested him on Aug. 7 on state charges after a 6-month FBI investigation and he was taken to the Mahoning County Jail. He has been in custody ever since.
Olsen made his initial appearance Monday in front of a federal magistrate judge in Youngstown. Preliminary and detention hearings are set for Friday, according to cleveland.com.
According to an affidavit written by FBI agent Themistocles Tsarnas and cleveland.com reported, Olsen used the handle “ArmyOfChrist” as his moniker on iFunny, a website where people can posts memes, photos, and statements on a variety of topics. There, he told fellow users that he supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood.
FBI agents in Alaska began investigating “ArmyOfChrist” because of postings that supported violence. By March, the FBI noticed that about 4,400 people subscribed to his account, which showed a large increase over the previous month, Tsarnas’s affidavit states.
“Urging people to shoot federal agents is never acceptable. This defendant had access to an arsenal and we take his threats very seriously,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement.
Olsen faces one charge for the threat posted online, according to WJW.