ATLANTA (WCIV) - A Charleston man was arraigned Thursday on gun charges while under indictment for threatening the life of the president, the FBI reported.
Patrick Randell McIntosh, 28, was charged with possessing three firearms and ammunition while under indictment for a felony and for threatening the life of the president of the United States on Facebook.
"McIntosh is charged with making violent and disturbing threats online and via e-mail to several people, including a threat to the life of the president of the United States," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Many state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have worked together to bring this potentially dangerous man into custody to protect the citizens of the United States."
According to Yates, McIntosh put a post on Facebook saying he was going to shoot people at an Atlanta club and kill the president. After making the threats, he purchased three guns.
He also reportedly threatened a woman, who told police in Gwinnett County that McIntosh was stalking her. Through her help, police were directed to McIntosh's hotel room, the FBI said.
"With the increased use of the various forms of social media comes increased online threats that vary in nature," said Mark F. Giuliano, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office. "The FBI, as well as law enforcement as a whole, takes such online based threats seriously and they can easily evolve into federal criminal charges for those individuals making them."
"Threats against the president of the United States and others we are statutorily authorized to protect are the Secret Service's number one investigative priority. Every threat, no matter if made by telephone, in person, in writing, or on social media is examined to the fullest extent possible. Working with our partners in law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney's Office we will continually seek to bring those who make threats to justice," said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.
McIntosh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the weapons charge and 10 years in prison on the threat charge. He could also be charged $250,000 on each charge.
McIntosh was indicted in January on the firearms charge. He had been released on bond from South Carolina on felony stalking charges, the FBI reported.