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Police: Florida man threatens people on social media to not go to Walmart

Posted at 7:23 AM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 07:45:04-04

WINTER PARK, Fla. (LEX 18) — A Florida man that was arrested for making threats online has appeared in court.

Authorities arrested Richard Clayton on Friday following a Facebook post he made the day after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

In the post, Clayton warned people not to go to Walmart next week. According to USA Today and authorities, the post said, "3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don't go to Walmart next week."

USA Today also reported that Clayton was not even on probation.

According to WESH Orlando, Clayton allegedly told the arresting officer, "I hope that the next call you go to you get blown away and killed."

WESH Orlando also reported that the arrest report said Clayton asked the officer if he was Hispanic and then said, "They are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything."

The charge that Clayton is facing is "sending written threats to do harm." According to USA Today, the FBI received a tip about the post on Tuesday.