Minnesota police arrested a 56-year-old man after they say he made “terroristic threats” of mass murder while referencing the Aurora, Colo. shootings, the Joker and alleged shooter James Holmes, CBS Minnesota reports.
Police were initially dispatched to Thomas Michael Casper’s home in Minneapolis for a simple loud music complaint, police records indicate. However, it was soon discovered that Casper was wanted for an outstanding warrant in Dakota County, Minn.
It wasn’t until the officers began to arrest him that Casper reportedly began threatening mass murder and talking about the shootings in Aurora, Colo., where Holmes, 24, went on a rampage during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.
According to the criminal complaint, Casper called himself “the Joker” and warned his neighbors: “I’m coming back. You guys are done.”
He then reportedly threatened police officers and went on this extremely disturbing rant:
“I’m such a criminal. I should be the Joker. If I had a gun, I would kill you. I should have dyed my hair orange. Let me out. I’ll kill you. My home is in foreclosure. I have been kicked out of my house. What else can go wrong? It doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t own a gun but if I did I would do what Holmes did. I would blow people away. Put me in jail for the rest of my life, I don’t care. Put me in jail with criminals. I grab them by the throat and kill them.”
KMSP reports Casper also told officers while in custody: ”You better not let me go, or I’ll go after the neighbors… I don’t own a weapon, but I’ll come after you f**kers and I’ll shoot you. I can understand why Holmes does it. Let me have your gun, I’ll shoot you in the f**king head. I’ll find you sometime.”
He apparently told the arresting officers that he was going to come back and kill them continuously during the ride to the Dakota County Jail. The incident took place on July 31.
Because of the man’s sheer desperation and his claims that he has nothing left to live for, officials are taking his threats seriously and believe he may attempt to carry out the attacks.
Casper, who is currently in police custody on $80,000 bond, is charged with one count of terroristic threats and faces up to five years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.