Clanton man arrested over Facebook threats (updated)

Published 5:04 pm Sunday, November 1, 2015

Authorities in Chilton County arrested a 28-year-old Clanton man Sunday afternoon after he threatened on Facebook to go on a killing spree.

Jeremie Jonathan Montgomery was arrested at his home off County Road 81 in Clanton around 12:44 p.m., according to Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon.



Shearon said officers with the Birmingham Police Department alerted officers in Chilton County about a threat on Facebook made by Montgomery to kill people at Flowers Baking Company on 16th Street North in Birmingham and Alabama Crown, a distribution company, in Alabaster.

Shearon said authorities with the special operations units in Clanton, Jemison and Chilton County Sheriff’s Office located Montgomery at his home and staged an area nearby to keep an eye on him until they took him into custody.

Montgomery posted using the Facebook profile name “Jeremy Jeremias Montgomery” on Facebook to a Birmingham business that things were “going to get pretty ugly.”

“I feel like going on a killing spree today,” Montgomery posted. “If I take a trip out to my old jobs First Flowers Bakery then if I’m able (Alabama Crown in Alabaster). They messed over the wrong person and it’s not about to go down like that,” Montgomery posted on Facebook. “I got 30 rounds and I’m trying to use the whole clip and some more.”

Shearon said Montgomery was transported from Chilton County to Shelby County, where he will face charges of making a terrorist threat.

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Montgomery was booked into the Shelby County Jail on Sunday, and with no bond issued.

Formal warrants had not been filed against Montgomery as of Nov. 2.

Montgomery could also face charges from the Birmingham Police Department, Shearon said.

“We just wanted to make sure that everyone was safe during the situation,” Shearon said. “We take these types of threats very seriously. Thankfully no one was hurt.”

Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney told The Shelby County Reporter that his department became aware of Montgomery’s Facebook post when someone shared it with the department via social media.

“We take these matters seriously. We had no choice but to charge him based on what’s going on in the world today,” Rigney said. “Our job is to protect the citizens, businesses and visitors. Hopefully, if it was going to happen, we were able to prevent a tragedy. Fortunately, the arrest was made without anybody getting injured.”

In the state of Alabama, a terrorist threat charge is a felony arrest when “he or she threatens by any means to commit any crime of violence or to damage any property.”

Court records show Montgomery filed a claim in July against several individuals and law enforcement claiming his 1989 Jaguar was stolen and wrongly scrapped without proof of ownership.

Montgomery asked for compensation from the individuals and blamed the Clanton Police Department for “being bias and failing to fulfill their obligation in providing justice as a citizen and resident of Chilton County,” according to Montgomery’s handwritten claim.

Montgomery also asked for $5,000 in compensation from the Clanton Police Department.

The case is still active, according to court records with a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 10, 2016.

Court records also show Montgomery pleaded guilty in 2014 to felony criminal mischief for causing more than $2,500 in damages to a woman’s 2000 Nissan Altima.

Montgomery received a suspended 36-month sentence in the case, according to court records.