Minnesota man charged with making Twitter threats against police


A South St. Paul man is facing felony terroristic threat charges after authorities say he tweeted threatening messages to St. Paul police and a Minnesota state trooper, FOX 9 reports.

Harrison William Rund, 20, was charged Thursday over Twitter messages he allegedly posted after receiving a speeding ticket early Monday from a state trooper.

According to FOX 9, Rund was pulled over at 1:29 a.m. in St. Paul, and tweeted the first of seven threatening messages about 3 a.m.

A screen grab of the tweets was posted on the station's website with the expletives blocked out.

In two of the Twitter messages, Rund is accused of posting, "(expletive) you I'm gonna kill 5 police officers today" (directed at the St. Paul Police Department); and "they don't call me the cop killer for no reason" (directed at the St. Paul Police Federation).

Rund allegedly posted his last tweet at 7:12 a.m., along with a photo of police officers.

Police reportedly learned of the tweets at 11 a.m. Monday morning and arrested Rund at his house at about 6:30 p.m.

According to the Pioneer Press, St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos, who helps manage the department's Twitter accounts, discovered the threats.

"Right away, when I first read them, my thought was, 'Are you kidding me?' So I went in and looked up the conversation he was having and pulled up some of the photos," Paulos told the paper. "That's when I took them as viable threats."

Rund, who was being held at the Ramsey County Jail Thursday, is expected to be transferred to the Dakota County Jail and make his first court appearance Friday or Monday.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says threats against police officers are always taken seriously. He told FOX 9 that the case marks the first time he's charged a person with threatening to kill a police officer over social media.

The charges also mention police were concerned over a photo on Rund's Facebook page, which shows the man with what appears to be a gun in his waist band. Rund reportedly told investigators that it was a cap gun that looks like a pistol.

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