Laredo, TX – Police arrested a Laredo man after a man he bought a gun part from reported that the buyer had said he was going to go “human hunting.”
Laredo police said 37-year-old Javier Torres allegedly made that statement on May 25 when he met up with a person he had met online to purchase a firearm optic, KGNS reported.
The seller told authorities that during the course of the in-person transaction, Torres told the man that he was going “human hunting,” according to police.
The man told authorities that he found Torres’ statement alarming and that was why he reported it, KVEO reported.
Laredo PD’s Crimes Against Persons Unit and Juvenile and Gang Enforcement Team launched a joint investigation into the identity of the man who made the statement and identified Torres.
Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Torres and search warrants for his home, KVEO reported.
Torres was arrested at his home on May 26 without incident and charged with third-degree felony terrorist threats, KGNS reported.
“Anybody in Laredo, Webb County, Texas who makes any statement about hurting or harming or killing anybody with a firearm should prepare themselves to be arrested,” Webb and Zapata Counties District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said.
Alaniz said his office takes all threats to human life seriously, KGNS reported.
Police searched Torres’ home and found multiple handguns, extended magazines, long rifles, a bulletproof vest with armor plates, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to KVEO.
The suspect’s home was located less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school which caused a heightened sense of alarm about the alleged threats he had made.
But police said that no direct threats had been made to students or faculty at the neighborhood school, KVEO reported.
The Laredo Independent School District (ISD) has been briefed on the Laredo Police Department’s investigation because of the scene’s proximity to Alma Pierce Elementary School.
Police thanked the citizen who reported the threats made by Torres, KGNS reported.