A New York City man is charged with threatening a Denver company and its employees - and promising a Las Vegas-style massacre if they didn't pay him. The IP address associated with the message traced back to NY - and Casillas, according to court documents. The company got into a dispute with Casillas after they said he opened 14 fraudulent accounts in 2016 and 2017 in an attempt to get referral bonuses from them.
Victor Casillas of Midtown sent pictures of sub machine guns to a Denver-based company he was threatening, prosecutors said.
He also said that he had arrived in Colorado to attack the company, but authorities say there's no indication he actually traveled to Denver. Casillas was arrested in Midtown by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Tuesday night, and faces up to 20 years in prison for making extortionate threats.
When the company wouldn't pay Casillas, federal prosecutors say he began sending them threatening emails, with the first one coming on September 26th, 2017. The company locked accounts that it believed belonged to Casillas following suspicions that he was using them to fraudulently acquire credits, which can be redeemed for money.More news: AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC) Receives News Impact Rating of 0.05
In a message obtained by the FBI, Casillas allegedly wrote that his issue with the unnamed company was over "a petty $100", according to court documents.
Officials stress they did not find any assault weapons when they arrested the Manhattan man.
On Sept. 26, the company deactivated one of the accounts, and it started receiving threats.
The final message read, "GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT".More news: Researchers Wonder Why a Giant Hole Keeps Opening Up in Antarctica
The following day, he allegedly sent another menacing note accompanied by a photo of two submachine guns.
Victor Casillas was arrested Tuesday after he repeatedly warned the company via email he meant to murder at least three employees, whom he referenced by name, before invoking the recent Vegas massacre that left 58 people dead and over 500 injured.
Casillas is charged with making extortionate threats and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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