An Ohio teen is facing federal charges after threatening to shoot up a gay bar and a Planned Parenthood.
When authorities investigated the threat of 18-year-old Justin Olsen potentially enacting domestic terrorism and gun violence, they ended up finding a gun vault and around 10,000 rounds of ammunition, according to ABC News. Specifically, FBI agents searched Olsen’s father’s home in Boardman, Ohio, and found 15 rifles, 10 semi-automatic pistols, the 10,000 ammunition rounds, and 300 additional rounds on the stairway leading to the second floor. All of which belonged to Olsen’s father.
The authorities first became suspicious of Olsen after receiving a complaint about him in Anchorage, Alaska. Olsen made light of mass shootings online under the username “ArmyOfChrist.” Olsen told 4,400 subscribers on the website iFunny.com that he couldn’t “wait to start stockpiling weapons,” to shoot federal agents, Planned Parenthood, and an undisclosed gay bar. The FBI then traced Olsen’s computer information to his address.
On August 6, the FBI then got in contact with local police with their collected information. Then, “in light of the recent mass shootings in the United States,” officials chose to arrest Olsen. Those recent events include 34 people being murdered in three separate incidents in the week of Olsen’s arrest. Those shootings happened in El Paso, Texas (Aug. 3); Dayton, Ohio (Aug. 4); and Gilroy, California (July 28).
Now, Olsen has been charged with aggravated menacing after admitting to making the threats. In addition, he was indicted on charges of making threats against federal law enforcement and making an interstate threat. With the first count, Olsen is looking at a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. But, the second count adds another max chance of five years being added.
With all of this placed on him, Olsen insists that it was all a joke and for fun. Despite that, Olsen remains at the Mahoning County Jail as he awaits trial.