YCSO: Man arrested after 'mass killing' Facebook post

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Thomas Hunter (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Hunter (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Hunter (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Hunter (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
HUMBOLDT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Yavapai County authorities arrested a man after he allegedly made social media threats about a "mass killing."

On Wednesday, detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip about a Facebook post by Thomas Hunter. Sheriff's officials said the post showed a picture of Hunter and said, "Anyone going on a mass killing spree with me?"

Hunter added that he already had "prey" picked out, along with some "fun filled ways" to bring about death and leave "some of the most entertaining crime scenes ever imagined," according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives discovered a possible home address for Hunter that was about a block away from an elementary school in Humboldt and within direct view of the playground. Another address for Hunter was recorded in Prescott Valley. Detectives asked the Prescott Valley Police Department to check that property. 

YCSO patrol deputies notified schools in Humboldt, Mayer and Spring Valley of the threat. The elementary school in Humboldt was locked down and deputies provided security while detectives continued their investigation.

Detectives found Hunter at the Humboldt address. When confronted, he claimed the post was a "joke."

Hunter was arrested on a charge of incite/induct to promote terror. He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.

"Any threats to our schools or the community by whatever means, including social media, will not be taken lightly and we will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law," Sheriff Scott Mascher said in a news release.

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