Florida Teen Charged with Threatening NYC Shooting

(NewsReady.com) – Mass shootings are, unfortunately, a common crime in the United States. There have been 637 incidents in the country as of December 11, 2023. Authorities have now arrested a teen for making a threat.

On December 8, US Attorney Roger B. Handberg, who serves the Middle District of Florida, announced a criminal complaint against 19-year-old Robert Trout III. The complaint alleges the teen posted a video on his Instagram account where he made a threat to go to New York City and “cause havoc on the subway” by shooting anyone that he sees. He warned viewers not to take the train on Thanksgiving evening because that’s when he intended to carry out the attack.

In the video, Trout allegedly showed two semi-automatic firearms that had extended clips, which contained a total of 60 bullets. He reportedly had other guns as well. The St. Petersburg, Florida, resident told viewers that he’d use each bullet to kill a person, declaring, “That’s 60 people dead.”

Witness statements and other posts on Trout’s Instagram account reportedly revealed his identity. He made his first court appearance in Tampa. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI arrested the teen on November 22 for “knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce a true threat.” On December 7, the judge ordered him to remain in detention pending further proceedings. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 18.

Joana Flores, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), issued a statement saying federal law enforcement authorities and the New York Police Department informed the agency prior to Thanksgiving that there weren’t any “specific credible threats” to the city or its transit system. Flores said the MTA was “grateful to policing professionals” in the city and nation “for the work they do to keep New Yorkers safe.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported Trout is originally from New York City, and his family claimed he intended to move back.

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