Police seize cache of weapons from self-described incel, 23, after he posted photo of himself holding two AK-47s along with a ‘threatening Joker message’ on Twitter
- Cops seized eight guns from the man’s home in Redmond, Washington, on October 1 under an Extreme Risk Protection Order
- The man has not been named because he was not arrested or charged
- The gun seizure came after he tweeted a photo of himself with two AK-47-style firearms with the caption: ‘One ticket for joker please’
- Police viewed the post as an implied threat of a possible mass shooting
- They said many of the man’s posts illustrated a ‘history of violent and disturbing social media threats directed towards women’
- He identified as an incel – a member of an online community of ‘involuntarily celibate’ men who lash out in frustration at their inability to meet women
- The US Army and FBI warned of potential mass shootings at Joker screenings based on social media posts by incels
Police seized eight guns from a 23-year-old Washington man after he tweeted a photo of himself holding two AK-47 rifles along with a reference to the new Joker movie.
A cache of weapons and high-capacity magazines were removed from the man’s home in Redmond on October 1 under an Extreme Risk Protection Order – a court order that allows law enforcement and family members to file petitions to take away gun rights from people who are threats to themselves or others.
The man has not been named because he was not arrested or charged with a crime.
Police seized eight guns from a 23-year-old Washington man after he tweeted a photo of himself holding two AK-47 rifles along with a reference to the new Joker movie
Redmond authorities were notified about the ‘concerning’ posts last week by the Seattle Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, which came across the man’s social media during an unrelated investigation, according to the ERPO.
One tweet from September 26 showed the man holding two AK-47-style firearms pointed toward the ceiling with the caption: ‘One ticket for joker please.’
Police viewed the post as an implied threat of a possible mass shooting.
The petition explains that the US Army and FBI have issued warnings of potential mass shootings at Joker screenings based on social media posts by people who refer to themselves as ‘incels’ – members of an online community of ‘involuntarily celibate’ men who lash out at the world in frustration at their inability to meet women.
The man whose guns were seized described himself as an incel in his posts.
Police said many of the posts illustrated a ‘history of violent and disturbing social media threats directed towards women’.
In one he wrote: ‘I will shoot any woman any time for any reason.’
Another read: ‘I really want to just punch a woman so hard her entire body just buckles and collapses.’
The man, who has not been named, had posted a number of photos of weapons on Twitter
‘[The man’s] threats of recent mass violence coupled with a history of prior threats to harm and kill women, demonstrate that [he] is a risk to public safety if he is allowed to continue to purchase, possess or access firearms,’ the ERPO petition stated.
The man allegedly claimed that his posts were a joke. His Twitter account has since been deactivated.
He is due to appear at a court hearing on October 15.
Police are planning to seek a full protection order, which would keep guns out of his hands for a full year.
The man had a concealed permit license for two handguns that was issued in May, but the license has since been revoked.
The US Army and FBI issued warnings of potential mass shootings at screenings of the film Joker – starring Joaquin Phoenix (pictured) – based on social media posts by people who refer to themselves as ‘incels’
Authorities nationwide heightened security efforts ahead of the October 3 release of Joker amid fears that the film’s depiction of the Batman villain could inspire an incel mass shooter.
The FBI said it was looking into posts made by extremists about the movie and warnings over potential shootings at theaters.
The film, which some reviewers raved would finally win actor Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar, drew criticism claiming that its depiction of Joker’s origin story would appeal to incels.
Some also feared that the movie could inspire a copycat of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, where gunman James Holmes killed 12 at the opening weekend of The Dark Night Rises, another Batman film.
Holmes, currently serving 12 life sentences, reportedly identified himself as ‘The Joker’ when he was initially arrested.