DENVER - A former veteran from Colorado Springs is accused of making violent threats against police. According to CBS Denver, it was Google that tipped off the FBI about a threat in a YouTube video.
The station reports the link to the video has been removed, but agents tracked the post to a Century Link account in Colorado Springs at the home of 33-year-old Jeremiah Perez.
According to a criminal complaint, Perez's online posting referenced the decision by a grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown in August.
The post reportedly stated in part, "Since Darren Wilson, our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops.....because of this event we will hunt two more in Colorado this week....for every innocent citizen that cops kill we, veterans will kill retired helpless cops."
CBS Denver reports that an investigation of Perez's computer revealed key word searches that included: "kill sarah palin," "kill barack obama," "kill cory gardner" and "google maps for fox news headquarters."
Perez made his first court appearance on Tuesday. The station says he told the judge he knew what he was doing was wrong and expressed remorse for making the threats, claiming he never intended to follow through on any violence.
Perez is scheduled for court again next week. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.