A 21-year-old California man was arrested Monday for allegedly making terrorist threats against children and referencing the Aurora, Colo. shooting on an ESPN blog.
Former Yale University student Eric Yee was ordered held on $1 million bail after allegedly posting that he was watching children and would not mind killing them, the Associated Press reported. Yee was taken into custody at his parents’ home in Santa Clarita, Calif., which overlooks an elementary school and a junior high school.
A release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not detail precisely what Lee allegedly wrote, saying only “an unknown person posted on a blog that they were watching kids and did not mind murdering them. The blogger mentioned that it would be like the Aurora, Colorado, shooting,” CNN reported. Twelve people were killed and 58 injured in the July shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
ESPN, headquartered in Bristol, Conn., flagged the post and contacted local authorities, who traced the post to Southern California, WVIT-TV reported. A search of the residence turned up several firearms.
According to the AP, the reported threats were posted on a story about new $270 Nike sneakers named after Lebron James. Some of the nearly 3,000 comments discussed the possibility of children getting killed over the expensive shoes, ESPN spokesman Mike Solyts said.
“This person posted a few comments on ESPN.com last Thursday that were of the threatening nature, so we called our local police and they took it from there,” Soltys told CNN. “We aggressively monitor those boards looking for any kind of threats that come in.”
Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin told the Los Angeles Times the department had requested “a bail enhancement because of the totality of the situation,” but did not elaborate. Authorities told the Times there was no immediate indication that other suspects could be involved in the incident.
Dubin said Yee was expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office Wednesday.