Quintin Adkins, 22, was arrested in Florida on Thursday and charged with with one count of written threats to kill
A Florida man was arrested Thursday for allegedly posting videos to Snapchat and Instagram in which he threatened to shoot up a Black Lives Matter protest.
Quintin Adkins, 22, was taken into custody in Nokomis in connection with the posts in which he allegedly brandished assault rifles while saying he would love to ‘shoot all over them, every f*****g one of them’.
‘Who wants to go to a Black Lives Matter f*****g riot and shoot s**t up, huh?’ he said in one video, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The sheriff’s office probable cause affidavit states that Adkins was also seen in some of the videos driving while loading a handgun and pointing it at other vehicles.
Police claim Adkins posted at least seven clips in which he engaged in obscene rants about how he wished to shoot and kills Black Lives Matter protesters.
In one clip, Adkins allegedly said he would ‘love to go to a f*****g Black Lives Matter f*****g riot and shoot all over them, every f*****g one of them, let them bleed out and watch them f*****g bleed as I sit there f*****g drinking my f*****g ‘rona…’
Quintin Adkins, 22, allegedly posted at least seven videos to Instagram and Snapchat in which he engaged in obscene rants about how he wanted to shoot up a Black Lives Matter protest
Adkins Instagram account also posts a threat to the Black Lives Matter Movement
In other videos he loaded an AK-47 and pointed it out of his front windshield as well as firing a handgun into the ground from the back patio of a house.
In yet another post, Adkins allegedly pointed a gun at a cat and told it ‘I can blow your head’ before pouring water over the animal.
The investigation began June 11 after police received an ‘anonymous tip’ from an ‘old friend’ about the videos.
‘On the 18th we received information and observed a post that showed the suspect was making a threat while holding a firearm that he was going to conduct a mass shooting at a Black Lives Rally either a protest or a demonstration,’ Lt. Adam Kaskey told Suncoast News Network.
Adkins was charged with one count of written threats to kill but Lt. Kaskey warned that more charges could be coming as the investigation into the posts continues.
‘We’re still actively investigating,’ Lt. Kaskey said. ‘We felt there was a need to act immediately and swiftly so that’s what we did.’
Sarasota County Sheriff’s office explained in a statement that they were able to proceed with the arrest due to a clause that had been amended following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The Florida State Statute 836.10 Written Threats to Kill was first amended in 2010 to encompass electronic threats to kill and amended again in 2018 following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Police were first alerted to Adkins’ videos in early June and an investigation began June 11
In the videos, Adkins in allegedly seen loading guns and taking aim at other vehicles
‘It is thanks to the added language that detectives were able to pursue charges in this investigation,’ the Sheriff’s Office said in a release on Friday.
‘Added the fact that if someone makes a threat of a mass killing,’ Lt. Kaskey said. ‘We have an ability to enforce that and go ahead and make an arrest for that.’
‘The safety of all the citizens of Sarasota County Is paramount for the Sheriff’s Office, and when someone makes a threat toward any member of our community than we have to act on that and acting on that was made capable by this law, ‘ he continued.
Adkins was booked into the Sarasota County Correctional Facility where he remains without bond.
Authorities said Adkins had at least seven handguns, two AR-15 rifles and an AK-47 rifle.
In his Instagram profile, Adkins includes threats for the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘When they come for your guns, Make sure to send the ammo first FCK BLM,’ he wrote.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Adkins was the respondent of a domestic violence dispute with a family member in 2017