An 18-year-old high school student from the greater Boston area has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats after police were alerted to "disturbing verbiage" on his personal Facebook page.
Authorities have set bond at one million dollars for Cameron B. D'Ambrosio of Methuen, MA following a Thursday afternoon arraignment one day after he was apprehended at his home around 30 miles north of Boston.
Police say D'Ambrosio, a senior at Methuen High School, authored eye-catching messages this week with his personal social networking account.
In a joint statement released by the offices of the superintendent of schools and the Methuen Police Department Wednesday, authorities say an anonymous student alerted the school that afternoon of a Facebook message from D'Ambrosio that contained "disturbing verbiage." Once the assistant principal was made aware of the issue the school quickly reached out to law enforcement, who in turn apprehended D'Ambrosio at his home at around 1:30pm. He was not in class at the time officials were made aware of the alleged threats and, according to Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon, only around 30 minutes passed between when time the school made contact with law enforcement and when they had the suspect in custody.
"He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing and said, 'everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people," Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told the Valley Patriot on Wednesday. "[H]e did threaten to kill a bunch of people and specifically mentioned the Boston Marathon and the White House. The threat was disturbing enough for us to act and I think our officers did the right thing." A YouTube account has since surfaced of D'Ambrosio showcasing his amateur rapping.
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