November 15, 2021

Saltillo man arrested for threatening “mass murder” at his church

Therese Apel

Ryan Evans

A Saltillo man is behind bars on charges of making terroristic threats after he allegedly posted on social media that he was planning a mass murder at his church.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, on Friday they received a tip from the FBI about a credible threat to a Lee County church. At that time it wasn’t clear which church that might be.

As police looked into it, they found a man had made a comment on social media that he had planned “a mass murder” at his church on the following Sunday. Based on the FBI’s information and the sheriff’s department’s probe, the man who had made the threats was found to be living in Saltillo.

Investigators and deputies then went to the suspect’s house with an arrest warrant. Ryan C. Evans, 20, was taken into custody without incident and charged with making a terroristic threat.

Bond was set by Judge Chuck Hopkins at $100,000.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that they would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigations for their swift actions in relaying this information and their assistance. The actions taken upon receiving this information, they said, prevented the potential act from being carried out. Such threats are always taken seriously and will not be tolerated.

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