Porter Ranch Man Accused of Threatening Children, Moviegoers on Facebook

Mohammad Akbar Baraki was arrested not for the posts but on suspicion of possessing two air rifles, which violates terms of his probation.

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    A Facebook post threatening moviegoers who see "Zero Dark Thirty" prompted authorities to question a Porter Ranch man. While investigating the threat, police found air rifles in his home, a probation violation. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013. (Published Friday, Jan 11, 2013)

    Less than 24 hours after a Porter Ranch man posted on Facebook that “more kids must be killed,” referring to the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, federal agents and Los Angeles police were knocking at his door.

    Authorities don’t expect Mohammad Akbar Baraki, 37, to be charged for the incoherent but violent threats because the law requires an identifiable victim who is afraid, but he remained jailed without bail late Thursday.

    Man Accused of Threatening Children, Moviegoers on Facebook

    [LA] Man Accused of Threatening Children, Moviegoers on Facebook
    Porter Ranch resident Mohammad Akbar Baraki was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly making threats against school children on Facebook. In the post, he referenced the Connecticut shooting, and called for "more children to be killed." Whit Johnson reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013. (Published Friday, Jan 11, 2013)

    LAPD Lt. Silvia Atwater said the Porter Ranch resident's home was searched and Baraki was arrested after two air rifles were found. Though the rifles aren't illegal, they violate Baraki's probation for a drug offense.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were alerted to the Facebook posts by an anonymous tipster.

    There are misspellings, but the post (pictured at right) reads: "Newtown is just the begging of the attacks...... more kids must be killed if anyone watched the bin laden movie will be shot at site.... this is a final warring to all Americans"

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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