Police make arrest in Twitter threats case

The Evansville Police Department on Thursday arrested 24-year-old Naquan Powell on two charges of intimidation, a Class D Felony, for comments officers believe Powell posted on Twitter in reference to shooting up an EPD facility and UE sporting event.

The tweets sent Tuesday morning from account @PopeQuanPaul forced cancellation of the Aces’ baseball game against Austin Peay, after which the university said it would increase security at events moving forward.

“We can’t get any type of mental health help in this damn town. I bet they’d wanna help us if we shoot up a @UEAthletics game tho” the original tweet read, before the account later sent, “Can’t get evaluated for mental health in evansville Indiana until we shoot up @EvansvillePD apparently”

The @PopeQuanPaul account then tweeted Thursday, presumably before Powell’s arrest: “Riding with the FBI now…sitting in this kinda interrogation room…It only took em 2 days to find me. Not even more like 43 hours”

Click here for the official EPD release on the arrest.

Dana Clayton, UE’s vice president of student affairs/dean of students, said in a statement Tuesday that the university did cancel the Austin Peay baseball game in light of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.

“I think that it’s one of those things where we want to play it safe,” Stanley said. “As opposed to an event like the Final Four where there’s 75,000 people, at our softball game we’re not going have remotely that size of a crowd so it’s easier even for our administrators to have a higher level of alert.”

Courier & Press news reporter Zach Evans will be following the story further. Check out his story here.

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