Li Wei was arrested and charged with interstate threatening communications and destruction of proof, the FBI mentioned.
(Summit County Sheriff’s Office)
An Ohio man threatened to kill his spouse and perform mbad shootings at a church and a Las Vegas on line casino that might “go down in history,” the FBI mentioned Thursday after allegedly uncovering a collection of textual content messages.
Wei Li, 38, was taken into federal custody on Thursday after his estranged spouse contacted authorities saying she feared for her life when she acquired the hostile texts, the FBI mentioned. Li allegedly started texting the lady Nov. 6 and threatened to shoot up the Las Vegas resort and on line casino the place she labored. The FBI didn’t specify which resort Li was planning to focus on.
“Li indicated in the text messaging that the killing he planned to commit would go down in history and that he would blame his wife for all the deaths,” the FBI mentioned in a information launch.
Li additionally allegedly vowed to hold out a mbad taking pictures at a church he attended with a minimum of 1,000 folks in it, reportedly writing in a textual content: “I will make the biggest [mbad shooting] in history,” in accordance with Cleveland.com. His spouse responded to the texts with, “You are too cruel” and “Are you sick?” court docket information acknowledged.
Li additionally allegedly mentioned he would kill his spouse if he didn’t get his inexperienced card. Li then despatched images of himself with a rifle, knives and an inventory of casinos in Las Vegas, Cleveland.com reported. He additionally reportedly instructed her he had an automated rifle.
Court information confirmed Li went to the on line casino his spouse labored at earlier than the Nov. 6 texts and he later instructed her he was in a position to roam the constructing freely.
“No one checked me,” he mentioned.
Cuyahoga Falls police and the FBI approached Li on Nov. 10 and interviewed him. When requested to unlock his telephone, Li obliged however then deleted the string of textual content messages. He initially lied about erasing them, however finally admitted to the act and mentioned he believed the messages have been “bad,” in accordance with court docket information. He additionally claimed he wasn’t “serious” in regards to the threats.
Court information acknowledged Li had a rifle stolen from him in 2014.
Li was charged with interstate threatening communications and destruction of proof. He is predicted to make a court docket look on Thursday.
The arrest comes after two mbad shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman opened hearth on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 59 folks and injuring lots of extra. Twenty-six folks have been killed when a shooter fired inside a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5. The pair of incidents have been two of essentially the most lethal mbad shootings in fashionable U.S. historical past.
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