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Boardman teen arrested for threatening federal agents online; guns, ammo found in house

Posted: 11:57 AM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 16:01:04-04
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An 18-year-old Boardman man was arrested last Wednesday and charged for making online threats against federal agents. He was arrested at his father's home, which was filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition.

A court complaint states the investigation into Justin Olsen began when FBI agents in Anchorage, Alaska were researching the website “iFunny” in February of this year and saw the postings by a user named “ArmyOfChrist” supporting mass shootings and the targeting of Planned Parenthood. In June, the same user, while discussing the 1993 siege in Waco, Texas with another user, posted: “In conclusion, shoot every federal agent on sight.”

In March, the FBI subpoenaed iFunny for subscriber information about ArmyOfChrist, and they returned a Google email address. In July, the FBI subpoenaed Google for information on the associated email address. Google provided Olsen’s name and IP address, which was determined to be located in Boardman, Ohio.

Federal prosecutors said that while Olsen had been under investigation since February, they decided to act now because of recent mass shootings across the U.S.

Olsen, who lives with his father, was arrested last week. He was charged Monday with threatening a federal officer.

Court documents say Olsen told the FBI during his arrest that the comments were only a joke. He admitted to making the comments on the internet regarding shooting federal agents on sight, and stated, “that’s a hyperbolic conclusion based on the results of the Waco siege…where the ATF slaughtered families.”

A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.

According to the complaint, agents seized 15 rifles, 10 semi-automatic pistols and roughly 10,000 rounds of ammunition from the home where Olsen lives with his father during the arrest. They also found a large machete in the trunk of Olsen’s car.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.