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Local man arrested for making Newtown-related threats to shoot school

11:30 AM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested a 37-year-old man on charges of making threats after a post he made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness' internet bulletin board.

Police arrested Mark Chan Friday morning after the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) contacted JSO regarding Chan's alleged messages posted to the bulletin board, according to an arrest report from the sheriff's office.

Chan allegedly referred to the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings as being "wimpy."  His post also allegedly stated he was going to a local gun store to "buy a mass assault rifle," the report said.

NAMI personnel told JSO the post indicated Chan's alleged target would be Englewood Elementary School.

The report said police investigated the threat by tracking Chan's screenname on NAMI, "jigglepuff2."  Police found other accounts on Twitter and YouTube using the same username.

When police interviewed Chan, the report said, he admitted making the threats.  The report said he allegedly told police he lives only 200 feet from Englewood.  In the report, Chan told police he does not own a firearm.

Chan has a history of mental illness according to police.

Mark Chan is charged with written threats to kill or do bodily harm to person of family member, a second-degree felony.  Chan was released on $50,000 bond Sunday evening.


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