Bond Hearing for Harlingen Man Accused of Making Terroristic Threats
BROWNSVILLE – A Harlingen man accused of making terroristic threats will be facing a judge Tuesday for a bond hearing.
Joel Hayden Schrimsher has been in federal custody since his arrest last June.
He allegedly posted threatening messages on Twitter, mentioning religious buildings and the Federal Reserve as possible targets.
According to court documents, he posted anonymously on Twitter: "I'm going to set fire to a mosque then shoot up a synagogue."
In a separate post he commented, "I'm going to mail a bomb to the Federal Reserve."
Schrimsher was interviewed later and said he was joking.
Investigators searched his home and found specific amounts of potassium nitrate, sulfur, aluminum and red iron oxide.
They also found in his bedroom handwritten instructions on how to make a fuse, nitroglycerine, thermite, flash powder and black powder.