In a frightening reminder that the LGBT community is still the target of would-be rampage killers, police in Columbus, Ohio, have nabbed a suspect who they say made threats of mass murder using the gay app Grindr.
Nick Konves, the LGBT Diversity Liaison, says Me’Shach Israel–Miller, 27, posted his deadly rant on the popular hookup site, which an unnamed user took screenshots of, and placed on Facebook.
“I’m going to kill [you] and 85 faggots at a gay club“, Israel-Miller allegedly wrote, and as the screed went viral, investigators discovered it last Thursday.
City police charged Israel-Miller, whom they arrested at his home last night, with aggravated menacing and inducing a panic.
“CPD began to investigate this threat immediately,” Konves said, “as soon as we became aware of it.”
In response to the suspect’s post, additional officers were deployed to the Short North Arts District, on Saturday and Sunday. “The LGBT community has asked that I express their appreciation for the extra resources from Zones 4 and 5, that were placed in the Short North this weekend, due to the threat,” Konves said, adding that he would be meeting with prosecutors to discuss possible hate-crime charges against the suspect.
The case recalls the horrific June 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre, in which gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 patrons, and wounded 53 more, before being killed by a responding SWAT team. Israel-Miller was expected to be arraigned Thursday morning. It was not known if he had an attorney.