New York Man Threatened to Bring a Gun to Maine Walmart
The suspect has been apprehended.
*****Original story posted 8/22/19*****
The Walmart in Thomaston closed early on Wednesday night after an unidentified man from New York posted a video on Facebook Messenger where he threatened to bring a gun into the retail giant, according to the Village Soup.
New York State Police first saw the footage and notified Thomaston Police. According to the article, it doesn't appear like the video targeted the Thomaston location, specifically, rather the New York State Police discovered he was planning on traveling to the Midcoast area to stay with family and the Thomaston Walmart was determined to be the most likely location.
In the Facebook Messenger video, he was seen with a gun. Rockland Police and the FBI are assisting Thomaston Police in the investigation. The Walmart was closed at 9 pm instead of midnight just as a precaution on Wednesday, August 21st. There doesn't appear to be any public threat at this time, according to police as reported by WMTW.
The man has not yet been apprehended and the store has been reopened as normal.
This threat comes just weeks after a twenty-two people were killed in a shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.