St. Louis man charged with making Busch Stadium bomb threats on Twitter

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:11 AM

(KMOV) -- A man has been arrested and charged for tweeting about bombing Busch Stadium during the World Series.

Robert Metzinger, 30, of St. Louis, is charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a misdemeanor.

Investigators say they were informed by the Metzinger’s former employers that he had been making threatening remarks on the social media site “Twitter.” The tweets allegedly made repeated reference to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, including the possible use of a pressure cooker.

In one tweet, Metzinger allegedly made an implied threat to use an explosive device in or near Busch Stadium during recent World Series Games. 

Things got quiet for a few days, but Metzinger was back at it again on Friday.

Metzinger posted $11,000 bond and has been released. He has also been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

St. Louis Metropolitian Police Chief Sam Dotson released this statement:

"Our Department worked diligently to ensure that Cardinals fans and visitors had a safe and enjoyable Word Series experience in our city. When we learned of the threats on social media, we took immediate action to take the suspect into custody.  At no time during our investigation were fans and visitors in the region at risk of harm. While we are always cautious about the safety of citizens and visitors, our attention was heightened in this incident due to the World Series. Because of the hard work and dedication of our officers Cardinals fans and visitors were able to safely enjoy the three-game series in St. Louis."  

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