A suspect has been arrested after police say he made online threats to shoot and kill people in San Antonio. The alarming Facebook post was made less than 48 hours after dozens of people were killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Police credit the public for “seeing something and saying something.”
“I probably got the post about 15 different times," said Rudy Gonzales, a bar patron who hangs out at the San Antonio strip. "But yeah, everyone was passing it along."
A Tuesday evening Facebook post from a man named Rod Lamar threatened to “kill a lot of folks at the San Antonio strip,” referencing bars along North Main Avenue that are popular among the LGBTQ community.
“I saw police presence up and down the strip and I actually live in the neighborhood, so to watch that response was impressive. It was admirable,” Gonzales said.
The man later updated his Facebook post to apologize and said that he regretted the prior post. But police say that the apology didn't matter as police in Oklahoma City found Roderick Lamar Robinson, 39, and arrested him on a charge of terrorism hoax. Authorities said that the man commutes back and forth between Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
SAPD says that they will also be charging him.
“If you live scared, you stop doing the thing you’re used to, and then the people making those threats win,” said Gonzales, who noted that the threat and heavy police presence did not stop him from enjoying a night along the strip.
In fact, he said that he was encouraged to see everyone come together and speak up.
“The power of social media is probably pretty incredible, to think you can avert or prevent some kind of tragedy or catastrophe because of a post is kind of awesome these days,” Gonzales said.
Robinson was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on $5,000 bond. As of late Tuesday evening, he was still behind bars.