OAN’s James Meyers
11:45 AM – Friday, December 1, 2023
A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly planning to commit a mass casualty incident at a Tesla-sponsored event hosted by CEO Elon Musk.
According to a Travis County arrest warrant, Paul Ryan Overeem, 28, was booked on suspicion of making a terrorist threat, which is a third-degree felony.
Authorities said that on November 9th, the 28-year-old, going by the handle “ufotnoitalumis,” made many online threats against Tesla’s Cybertruck promotional event in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. He conveyed these messages via an Instagram exchange.
The threats included: “But yeah so at teh (sic) Tesla event I’m planning to attach (sic) so up to you guys to stop me… I plan on killing people at that even (sic) ok (sic) November 30th and I would like you do something about it so I don’t have to” as well as “I wanna die.”
Additionally, Overeem blamed “technology” as being a key reason why he was not able to express himself.
“I wanna die. My thoughts haven’t been free for over a year. All the electronics around me,” he wrote, according to the arrest warrant.
According to Travis County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Borland, the statements created Overeem’s potential to “carry out his threats of a mass casualty event.”
Instagram gave authorities the phone number associated with the user account “ufotnoitalumis,” which was traced back to Overeem, whose Chevy Tahoe truck was then later spotted in Austin, according to the affidavit.
Overeem was booked into custody on Wednesday and is currently being held on $300,000 bail, jail records show.
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