A 20-year-old D.C. man allegedly called Metro Transit Police on the night of State of the Union, claiming people “from France” told him they planned to ambush President Barack Obama's motorcade and assassinate the president that night.
The caller went on to say the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices, the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority stated in a release announcing the arrest of Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman.
Stone-Coleman, who appeared as “Kidd Cole” in a May 2014 episode of the MTV reality show “Catfish,” is accused of reporting that and 10 other false tips to police from December 2014 until his May 27 arrest. A grand jury indicted Stone-Coleman Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a slew of felony charges related to the threats, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.
He faces 10 counts on charges related to false terrorism threats, and one count of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to kidnap or injure. WMATA said that on Jan. 22, a caller stated to police he and his friends were planning to take hostages on a Metrobus and would kill the hostages if they were not paid a $15 million ransom.
One incident described by Metro authorities involved the Hill. On Feb. 22, a caller advised authorities that an individual wearing “all black clothing" and brandishing an AS-50 sniper rifle had threatened to blow up a Metro bus traveling near the Capitol.
Magistrate Judge Alan Kay ordered that Stone-Coleman remain in jail pending a detention hearing Tuesday. That hearing now will also likely become an arraignment on the new charges.
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