LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Texas man arrested Monday carrying a concealed handgun on the University of Kentucky campus had been investigated by university police in 2016 about threatening social media messages.
Diontre Lawayne Davis, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested around 1 p.m. after a university employee saw him entering Buell Armory carrying a gun and alerted police. Davis is charged with terroristic threatening, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing to which he pleaded not guilty to in court.
According to an arrest citation, University of Kentucky police began investigating in September 2016 after a string of threatening social media posts targeted a female student.
In one message, police say, Davis referenced an uncle, Ulysses S. Davis, who wounded two people in 1986 at the university in an armed standoff.
Police began tracking several Twitter accounts in 2016 and with the help of the tech company were able to tie them to Diontre Davis.
Among the messages Davis sent, according to police: "(Woman's name) is still gone die for being a (expletive). I'm taking her with me. She deserves to die a slow & painful death #forrealthistime."
Another reads: "I'm gonna kill this (expletive). She deserves it & I'm gone make sure it's painful."
Police contacted Davis himself, who they say acknowledged some of the posts but "just to express his anger and that he did not plan on actually carrying out the threats," according to the citation.
One of the messages also threatened ROTC cadets, which spurred the group to cancel events that would have cadets in uniform on campus.
Davis also tweeted "better research Ulysses S Davis Lexington Ky!" which police noted referred to an uncle of Diontre Davis who wounded two people in 1986 during an armed standoff on the UK campus.
In court Tuesday, Davis told the judge he would be able to hire an attorney. For previous charges, a bond of $2,500 was issued. For the new charges, Davis will have an additional cost of $2,000. The judge told him if he is able to bond out he will be fitted with an electronic monitoring device and that he must stay off UK?'s campus.
Davis will be back in court on December 14 at 10 a.m.