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State Police Arrest Warwick Man for Threatening Them on Twitter

Rhode Island State Police Public Safety Complex, Scituate RI.
Rhode Island State Police Public Safety Complex, Scituate RI.
Rhode Island State Police Public Safety Complex, Scituate RI.

Warwick, RI – RI State Police report they arrested a Warwick man Friday shortly after he threatened them on Twitter.

Officers from the the RI State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested Corey Coelho, 20, of 5 Brook Spring Dr., Warwick, at his home, charging him with Threats to Public Officials.

On Friday, State Police discovered tweeted threats to harm members of the Division to the Rhode Island State Police Twitter account and also viewable on Coelho’s Twitter page.

Detectives from the Computer Crimes Unit identified Coelho as the alleged person responsible for making the threats and obtained an arrest warrant for him. Coelho was arrested without incident the same day.

Coelho was specially arraigned at the State Police Wickford Barracks by Justice of the Peace Robinson and released on personal recognizance. Coelho’s next court date will be at the Third Division District Court, Noel Judicial Complex, 222 Quaker Lane, Warwick, on May 4.

“We take any threat towards our Troopers seriously. We will track those who feel the need to enter into this type of discourse and hold them accountable,” said Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Coelho, if found guilty, faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the charges.

Rob Borkowski
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