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Suspect Identified in Twitter Threat

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The New York Police Department confirmed they have identified the Twitter user who allegedly sent out a threat to commit a mass-shooting at a Broadway show.

Police have not released the suspect's name. 

Police learned about the tweets late Friday. They referenced the shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that killed twelve people, and appeared to be aimed at the audience for "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," Tyson's one-man show directed by Spike Lee at the Longacre Theater in midtown Manhattan.

"This s--- ain't no joke yo I'm serious people are gonna die just like in aurora," police said one tweet read. Another from the same account warned, "I'm in Florida rite now, but it'll happen i promise I'm just finishing up my hit list."

The NYPD used a subpoena to force Twitter to turn over the user's information. Twitter initially resisted disclosing the information. In an email to the NYPD Twitter officials wrote: "We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account. While we do invoke emergency disclosure procedures when it appears that a threat is present, specific and immediate, this does not appear to fall under those strict parameter as per our policies."

A spokesman for the NYPD said the investigation is ongoing.

With the Associated Press

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