CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee man was arrested on Wednesday after an FBI investigation revealed he made threats online to "shoot up" a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington D.C.
Jacob Cooper, 20, was charged with transmitting a threat to injure another, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.
According to the criminal complaint, Cooper went by username "Jacco" on the website iFunny, where users share photos, videos and discussion topics. The complaint says on Aug. 13, Cooper responded to another user's post stating, "Make sure you tell them about how I plan to shoot up a Planned Parenthood facility in Washington D.C., on August 19 at 3 p.m."
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Cooper created a separate post on the same day, according to the complaint. It said, "If you are a member of the FBI, CIA, whatever, and are on my profile I will trace your IP address and kill you if the opportunity arises. And I am dead serious about this."
Cooper made his initial appearance on Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alistair E. Newbern in the United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.
Cooper faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted. The preliminary and detention hearing is set for Aug. 26.
The case is being investigated by the FBI's Washington Field Office. Assistant Kevin Rosenberg is prosecuting the case with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron Jones from the Middle District of Tennessee.
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