Nineteen-year-old Robert Trout III, of St. Petersburg, has been charged with knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce a true threat.
According to a criminal complaint, Trout posted a video on Instagram making threats of "causing havoc on the subway" by shooting "anybody" he saw.
Prosecutors say Trout displayed multiple weapons in the video, including two semi-automatic firearms with extended clips. Trout allegedly said, "That's 60 shots. That's 60 people dead," while displaying the weapon.
"The NYPD and federal law enforcement authorities made clear prior to and on Thanksgiving that there were no specific credible threats to New York City, including to the transit system, and we are grateful to policing professionals here, and across the country, for the work they do to keep New Yorkers safe," an MTA spokesperson said.
Trout appeared in federal court Thursday and is being held pending further proceedings.
If convicted, Trout faces up to five years in prison.
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