PV man arrested for making alleged online threats
Threats made on Facebook to St. Johns residents
A Prescott Valley man has been arrested for allegedly making threats on social media to residents of St. Johns, a small city in Apache County.
Police in St. Johns received reports on Wednesday, May 30, from concerned citizens about threatening posts made on several Facebook yard sale groups, according to a St. Johns Police Department news release. The posts mentioned bomb making and possible violence to St. Johns residents.
An investigation into the matter was headed up by the St. Johns Police Department, but included assistance from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Threat Unit and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit. Through the collaboration, they were able to identify 33-year-old Christopher Michael Wells of Prescott Valley as the person responsible for the postings.
Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office went to Wells’ home and arrested him on one count of making terroristic threats (a felony). He is being held on a $100,000 bond, and is awaiting extradition to Apache County.
According to the White Mountain Independent, Wells is a U.S. Army veteran who was arrested on two occasions within the last year in Pinetop-Lakeside — where he used to live. One instance was for traffic violations and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another was for allegedly assaulting a woman in August. The latter incident is still undergoing legal proceedings, according to an online case search.