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Teen arrested for threatening radio host

Posted: July 8, 2014 - 11:49am

An Augusta teen was arrested Monday for threatening a local talk radio show host.

A 16-year-old was charged with making terroristic threats against WGAC host Austin Rhodes, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Rhodes called authorities just before 11 p.m. Sunday because someone threatened him through Facebook. Rhodes said he’d recently discussed a drive-by shooting in Augusta on his radio show which sparked a conversation on his professional Facebook page, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Someone made comments on that Facebook page that made Rhodes concerned for his safety. The poster, later identified as the teen, wrote, “The Austin Rhodes show gone be dead on my life,” according to the report. The teen was cautioned by someone else that he could get arrested or making such threats.

The teen then sent Rhodes a private Facebook message in which he called Rhodes a dead man and said that he’d messed with the wrong person. The teen also mentioned Rhodes’ wife and threatened to come get him, according to the report.

Rhodes saved the comments before the teen deleted them. He provided deputies written copies of the comments.

The teen was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center Monday and was transferred to the Regional Youth Detention Center, according to Morris.

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