PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana teenager has been arrested after police say he made online threats to go on a violent rampage.
Nineteen-year-old Eric Rizley of Portage was being held Thursday in the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso.
Police arrested Rizley on preliminary charges of intimidation early Thursday morning. The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/WWCWD8 ) that friends tried to calm Rizley down online after he allegedly made Facebook posts such as "Watch out portage people might be dying soon." Police were called when he allegedly continued to post statements such as "No seriously imma go on a rampage."
Police say Rizley told officers that he had no intention of carrying out the threats, but couldn't explain why he didn't stop posting them when his mother asked him to.