Edgard man arrested after deputies say he threatened officers on social media

Edgard man arrested for online threats

ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Deputies arrested an Edgard man after they say he threatened police officers on social media.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office says the Facebook post read, "In uh lil while cops in St. Charles are goin to be next. I hope they kill every last 1 of them dirty b------."

The Sheriff's Office said in light of what happened in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the threat was considered serious and dangerous.

"The public has a right to be critical, but when you are inciting violence and encouraging violence, making statements that violence is coming and it's imminent, then it's not First Amendment, it crosses the line," said St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne.

Deputies arrested Victor Pablo and booked him with terrorizing and threatening a public official. The Sheriff's Office said they found multiple weapons at his home - and that's not all.

"I don't want to get into the details, but we did find a receipt for the purchase of a AK-47, which we did not find, which he claimed to no longer have. So, that also is concerning," said Champagne.

We talked to former FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jim Bernazzani about the case.

"I think St. Charles Sheriff's Office did a heck of a job, but they have more work to do. I wouldn't be concerned, but I'd be vigilant," said Bernazzani. "Relative to a receipt for the AK-47, with no AK-47 found and he says on his social media page "they," there may be somebody else involved in this thing."

Bernazzani said social media is the new catalyst for crime.

"The explosion of social media is now a new tool for the criminals to use relative to inflicting harm, and law enforcement has to catch up to this trend. This is just a new way of communicating," said Bernazzani.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff said it was the public that alerted them to the post. He added that he's not aware of any connections Pablo has to St. Charles Parish.

"I think it's safe to say, you know, the state of mind of not only our deputies but law enforcement officers all over around the country is really a high level of anxiety, and everybody needs to understand that and all anyone is asking for is we need to tone down this rhetoric, you know, on both sides," said Champagne.

Pablo is being held on a $25,000 bond. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff said his department has been taking extra precautions since Dallas and Baton Rouge. Some of his deputies are also helping the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office by riding along with deputies there.

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