A man who took to social media to threaten white people in La Plata, Maryland, has been arrested and charged with threats of mass violence.
Carlos Anthony Hollins, 20, tweeted the following on Wednesday: "IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO.MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE ! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LAPLATA. #BLACKLIVESMATTER"
The La Plata Police Department was alerted to the tweet and subsequently investigated, according to Southern Maryland Newspapers Online.
“If you’re going to make threats of mass violence, the police are going to have to act on that,” La Plata Police Chief Carl Schinner told Southern Maryland Newspapers.
That evening, an arrest warrant was issued for Hollins, who was later taken into custody by the Charles County Sheriff's Office. His bail was set at $250,000.
"This was no joke and it’s nothing to laugh about," the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
Hollins' Twitter account has since been suspended, and police presence has increased in La Plata for the time being.
“I am proud of the coordinated effort of law enforcement in Charles County who were able to make an arrest less than four hours after this despicable tweet was transmitted,” Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Ken Robinson said.
Threats posted on the social media site have led to several arrests over the years. Just last month, a tweet led to the arrest of a juvenile on suspicion of second-degree terroristic threats, and in a separate incident, a New Jersey man was arrested after threatening a detective on Twitter.