A 19-year-old Floridian was taken into custody on Wednesday for posting a menacing online message about carrying out a mass shooting on a crowded New York City subway on Thanksgiving Day.
Robert Trout III has been identified by the Pinellas Park police as the individual responsible for the alleged threat.
According to WFLA, the police received an anonymous tip about a threat that was shared on social media, as mentioned in the arrest affidavit.
Trout expressed his alarming intentions on social media, stating, “I’m determined to harm anyone I come across on that train. I strongly advise fellow New York City residents to avoid taking the train on Thursday evening.”
Trout is said to have made those comments while a video was circulating showing him handling firearms recklessly.
Trout’s identity has been confirmed by multiple sources, including his own mother.
Trout had connections to New York and was anticipated to relocate there in the near future.
Trout faced charges of making threats of a mass shooting and the unauthorized use of a two-way communication device.
According to jail records, it seems probable that he will also be confronted with federal charges, as he has been detained at the Pinellas County Jail for an “FBI courtesy hold.”