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Angry tweets lead to felony charge for SSP man
Turns out even when you’re limited to 140 characters, you could still say enough to earn prison time.
Dakota County prosecutors have charged Harrison William Rund of South St. Paul with a felony count of terroristic threats for a series of hot-blooded tweets he posted on his Twitter account after receiving a speeding ticket.
The 20-year-old was pulled over and cited for speeding by a Minnesota State Trooper in St. Paul around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 4. According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Rund then took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the ticket, writing “im getting so pissed out here literally thinkin about just startin to hunt and kill cops,” and “[expletive] you st. paul police im gonna kill 5 police officers today,” among other things, adding “they don’t call me the cop killer for no reason.”
Another post on the Twitter account identified as Rund’s that was not mentioned in the complaint read, “[expletive] cop took my keys and went in my trunk and found my green,” which may indicate his frustration stemmed from the possible seizure of a small amount of marijuana.
Rund also allegedly posted a picture of St. Paul officers during a training exercise with text reading “Throw a grenade in the room, watch all you coppers kaboom.”
Threats taken seriously
Unfortunately for Rund, prosecutors say his comments crossed a line between venting frustration about a speeding ticket and posing a credible risk for officers. In a statement, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom said it was important to respond to the tweets in order to ensure the safety of police and the community.
“Threats to law enforcement officials are always taken seriously and will not be tolerated,” Backstrom wrote.
Rund was arrested at his home around 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4. According to the complaint, Rund admitted at the time of his arrest he’d tweeted some things he shouldn’t have after a frustrating experience with law enforcement.
If convicted, Rund could face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in penalties. He is set to make his first appearance in court Feb. 10.
Luke Reiter can be reached at email@example.com or at 651-748-7815.