A Tampa, Fla., man has been arrested on charges of making a threat to wipe out the city’s gay community in a mass shooting.
Ralph Perkins, 50, made the threat after being rejected on a dating app, police told the Tampa Bay Times. The app was not identified.
Perkins posted statements including “I like to take a gun I like to wipe the whole gay community out in Tampa and then kill myself” and “That’s going to be my ultimate present to Tampa Florida is the annihilator the gay community before I kill myself,” police said. Law enforcement officials received a report of the threats Tuesday evening but didn’t say when he posted them.
Police arrested Perkins shortly after midnight Wednesday. He is being held in the Hillsborough County Jail “on a charge of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting,” according to the Times. Officials did not say if he possessed guns with which to act on the threat.
Perkins is a registered sex offender because of a 2004 arrest in Alabama, the Times reports. He has been arrested previously on charges of failing to register as such and of providing false information to police.