Lakewood man arrested for allegedly threatening to open fire at “March For Our Lives” Rally
A Lakewood man was placed in handcuffs Friday for allegedly threatening to open fire with a machine gun at a "March For Our Lives" rally February 19 calling for stricter gun laws, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato.
Shane Steele, 42, is charged with one count of Terroristic Threats, in reference to a Mass Shooting threat that he allegedly posted on Facebook.
A civilian had informed Manalapan Police on February 19 about the Facebook post.
Police later searched Steele's residence and found no firearms.
Senior Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman reviewed the investigative evidence and approved the charge.
Steele was released on a summons to answer the charge at a future date.
Detective Raymond Coles of the Ocean County Prosecutor's High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) made the arrest of Steele.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation including personnel from Lakewood Police, Toms River Police, Manalapan Police, South Brunswick Police, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
The public is reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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