TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A man has been arrested for making threats against Terre Haute Police Officers and other city officials. Officials say the threats were made on the popular social networking website Facebook.
Sgt. Jason Czupryn saw the threatening messages on his wife's Facebook first, and then he found a private message on his.
When he mentioned it to his colleagues, they found even more.
"And then every everybody started checking their Facebooks and that's when other guys started noticing they were getting the same types of messages," Czupryn said.
News 10 wasn't able to learn the specifics of the messages that officers received, but we do know they were directed at individuals and often included threats.
"I can just say that they were threatening in nature, and what really [alerted] us was that some of the officers families were involved, too," Detective Troy Davis explained.
The threats were made through a fake Facebook account, and tracking down who was behind it was not an easy task.
"We did obtain subpoenas through the courts. We did obtain an address from those subpoenas of a person we arrested out in the Brazil area."
Police arrested Thomas Arnold. He faces charges of felony stalking, felony intimidation, and resisting law enforcement.
The mugshot of Arnold was taken three years ago when he was arrested in 2008 by Sergeant Czupryn and others, which may have been a motive for Arnold's threats, and it's one that police are considering.
"I do know a main theme of officers he was targeting were officers who had arrested him in the past," Czupryn said.
For Sgt. Czupryn and his family, they hope this will be the last chapter of their Facebook scare.
Some city officials were also targeted by the suspect, including e-mails to Mayor Duke Bennett.
Charges for the additional threats are still pending.
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