PHOENIX — An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday after claiming to have planted explosives inside Jodi Arias’ courtroom, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
On Wednesday, Laquint H. Cherry is suspected of tweeting the following:
planted some IEDs in the #jodi arias Superior Court room in Phoenix Arizona tomorrow I’ll become a HERO and also shot by pigs once I unload
Cherry was located at the Value Place Motel at 1360 N. 43rd Ave. He initially refused to surrender peacefully and tweeted that he was not going to be taken alive and was planning to kill deputies.
Cherry later was arrested without incident.
A woman who was with Cherry was questioned. She told deputies she met Cherry on Facebook and was his former girlfriend. She was released.
Cherry was booked on a felony count related to an act of terrorism.
“The investigation into this threat is not over,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “Additionally, I am concerned that more dangerous individuals or groups have designs of causing loss of life with either sophisticated explosives or homemade bombs. Because of this, every threat to harm is taken seriously,”