Man believed Trump threat would ‘make him look cool’


NEW ALBANY, IN  (WAVE) – A Clark County man was arrested Thursday after making threats against Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on social media.

Richard L. Deville Jr., 26, of Clarksville, was taken into custody after posting a video threat on YouTube.

Keith Henderson, the Floyd County Prosecuting Attorney, said his office was contacted in the last 48 hours by the United States Secret Service about the threat believed to have originated from the Kentuckiana area. According to Henderson, Deville displayed handguns and described how and when the threat would be carried out against Trump, as well as members of his family.

The threat was found by an individual, who notified the United States Secret Service office in Atlanta. The investigation narrowed the search to New Albany and to Deville. According to the arrest affidavit, police tracked Deville Jr. using the IP address connected to the video he posted, which identified him and then his address.

According to Henderson, the video was of a person, who was later identified as Deville, who had his face partially-clad while he held two handguns.

VIEW: Court Documents detailing Richard Deville Junior’s arrest

“The two are loaded and they’re unloaded to show the bullets are real,” Henderson said.

He was detained by police for a domestic incident before he was confronted about the video, according to police.

The affidavit says Deville told police he uploaded the video because, “he thought it would make him look cool.”

Deville is charged with intimidation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender. He being held in the Floyd County Jail and is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday in Floyd Superior Court.

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