A Penn Hills military veteran was arrested Thursday night on charges that he threatened to shoot police in a message he posted on Facebook.
Kenneth Aquiline, 26, wrote on his online profile that he served in the Marines for six years, is now homeless and "nobody
cares," according to a criminal complaint.
"They just keep taking and [screwing] me over," he wrote, according to the complaint. "I bet if I put some bullets in some cops that deserve it everybody will care. It will make the news I bet. We'll just have to see."
A relative contacted the Plum police, who later obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Family members told police that Mr. Aquiline has some mental health problems and became especially despondent after an encounter with the Allegheny County sheriff's office. Mr. Aquiline was placed on the department's most wanted list after he failed to appear in court on charges that he tried to stab a family member, said Lt. Jack Kearney, with the sheriff's office. He was removed from the list after he peacefully surrendered to pretrial services, the lieutenant said.
Relatives also told police Mr. Aquiline owns a gun and planned to travel to Pittsburgh Thursday to "give blood in order to obtain money for 'rounds,' " according to the complaint.
Mr. Aquiline remained in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond late Thursday night. He faces one charge of making terroristic threats and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday morning.