- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ELY, Minn. (AP) - A 23-year-old northern Minnesota man faces a felony charge for making threats against a local high school and President Barack Obama on Facebook.

Travis Mattila of Ely was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony terroristic threats. WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1a8g8YX ) reports the Ely Police Department began investigating last Thursday after receiving a complaint about posts Mattila made between Jan. 28 and March 25.

A court document says Mattila threatened to blow up Ely Memorial School and take children hostage to further the unrest in a Jan. 28 Facebook post. The document says Mattila later posted threats about raping 6- to 9-year-old girls and shooting Obama.

An email seeking comment was sent early Thursday to an attorney who represented Mattila in a separate case in 2009.

He’s being held on $20,000 bail at the St. Louis County Jail.


Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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