Teen charged with threatening NYC subway massacre busted day before he vowed to shoot ‘anybody I see’

Teen charged with threatening NYC subway massacre nabbed day before vowing to shoot ‘anybody I see’

Authorities say a guy threatened to carry out a subway massacre in New York, claiming he’d shoot “anybody I see” and kill scores of commuters — but he was apprehended the day before he made the threat.

Robert Trout III, a 19-year-old New York native who now resides in St. Petersburg, Fla., allegedly boasted online that he planned to fire up New York City’s subways on Thanksgiving, claiming to have 60 bullets and “that’s 60 shots.” That’s 60 people killed.

“If you’re from New York City, do not take the train on Thursday evening, bro,” Trout wrote before the holiday, threatening to “cause havoc,” according to a news statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida on Friday.

Trout allegedly brandished “multiple firearms” during his Instagram outbursts, including two semiautomatic rifles with extended clips and.40-caliber ammunition, according to the feds.

The unstable teenager was never given the opportunity to carry out his terrifying alleged threats. The FBI and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office apprehended him on Nov. 22, only a day before Thanksgiving, and charged him with “knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce a true threat,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Trout is from New York and plans to return, according to his family.

According to the Times, the teen has a history of substance misuse.

Trout is already awaiting trial in Pinellas County on a different concealed weapon charge for allegedly carrying a switchblade after authorities say he stole a clothing from a local Walmart.

In February 2022, he was detained and accused of pointing a gun at another man during a dispute. The charges were ultimately dropped after Trout agreed to participate in a pretrial diversion program, according to the site.

Since his arrest, his Instagram posts have been removed.

Trout appeared in federal court in Tampa on Thursday for the first time on the new accusation and was ordered held without bond until his next appearance on December 18. If convicted of the rap, he faces up to five years in prison.

The MTA said in a statement Saturday that the suspect’s threats to the subways were not “credible.”

“The NYPD and federal law enforcement authorities made it clear prior to and on Thanksgiving that there were no specific credible threats to New York City, including the transit system,” said agency spokesperson Joana Flores.

“We are grateful to policing professionals here, and across the country, for the work they do to keep New Yorkers safe,” the mayor said.

The NYPD confirmed simply that it is aware of the threats and Trout’s arrest on Sunday.

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