Bay Minette Man Arrested for Terrorist Threat After Facebook Posts Referencing Las Vegas

BALDWIN COUNTY, Alabama (WKRG) —  A Bay Minette man has been arrested after allegedly making a terroristic threat on Facebook referencing the Las Vegas mass shooting.

On October 2, 2017 the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office received “numerous complaints that a man was on Facebook making threats of violence against the citizens of Bay Minette, Alabama.”

After an investigation into Gilliam’s alleged Facebook posts, he was arrested at 300 West Railroad Street in Bay Minette on one count of making a terroristic threat. 

Anthony Lowery, with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, says Gilliam was taken into custody without incident. Deputies searched the residents and did not find any firearms.  It is unknown whether the home was Gilliam’s place of residence because the jail log lists Gilliam as homeless.

23-year-old Joel Logan Gilliam is being held without bond in the Baldwin County Jail on a terrorist threat charge.

A News 5 viewer sent screenshots of posts made on Gilliam’s Facebook page Monday. One reads, “Who wants to come slaughter all of bay minette like vegas…”(sic) and another reads, “For those (expletive) who are 6 feet under in vegas Lucifer blessed me with eternal life for that (expletive)” (sic).

It appears the posts have since been deleted. The suspect told deputies that he was bored and wanted to see how many people would react to his Facebook posts.

During the interview Gilliam said the posts were a joke and did not appear to feel bad for his actions. However, an apology on his Facebook reads, “I’m sorry for the things i said it was just a jokei didnt mean to offend anyone my heart does go out to those who where killed and injured!” (sic)

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