Teen Accused of Posting Violent Facebook Threats

19-year-old Portage male arrested after allegedly threatening to go on "rampage"

Friday, Dec 28, 2012  |  Updated 11:49 AM CDT
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A northwest Indiana teenager was arrested Thursday after allegedly making online threats to go on a violent rampage.

Nineteen-year-old Eric Rizley of Portage was being held in the Porter County Jail on preliminary charges of intimidation.

The Times of Munster reports that friends tried to calm Rizley down online after he allegedly made Facebook posts such as "Watch out portage people might be dying soon."

Police were called when he allegedly continued to post statements such as "No seriously imma go on a rampage."

Police say Rizley told officers he had no intention of carrying out the threats, but couldn't explain why he didn't stop posting them when his mother asked him to.

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