23-Year-Old Ely Man Charged with Making Terroristic Threats
ELY (AP) - A 23-year-old northern Minnesota man faces a felony charge for making threats against a local high school and President Barack Obama on Facebook.
Travis Mattila of Ely was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony terroristic threats. The Ely Police Department began investigating last Thursday after receiving a complaint about posts Mattila made between Jan. 28 and March 25.
A court document says Mattila threatened to blow up Ely Memorial School and take children hostage to further the unrest in a Jan. 28 Facebook post. The document says Mattila later posted threats about raping 6- to 9-year-old girls and shooting Obama.
An email seeking comment was sent early Thursday to Mattila's attorney.
He's being held on $20,000 bail at the St. Louis County Jail.