UPDATE: Police make arrest after threat against Remington Arms

Authorities said Matthew Spaman, 30, of Ilion, is responsible for the threats made on Facebook against Remington Arms.

Posted: May 3, 2018 3:42 PM
Updated: May 3, 2018 9:07 PM

UPDATE (8:50 p.m.):
NYS Police say they have made an arrest following a lockdown situation at Remington Arms Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said Matthew Spaman, 30, of Ilion, is responsible for the threats made on Facebook against Remington Arms.  Spaman was located at his home and taken into custody without incident.  He was arraigned in the town of German Flats and sent to the Herkimer County Jail without Bail.

Spaman is charged with falsely reporting an incident, a class “E” felony.

The Ilion Police Department, Herkimer County Sheriff's Department and the Herkimer County District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.

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UPDATE (5:30 p.m.):
The lockdown at Remington Arms has been lifted.

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UPDATE: The Ilion Police Department says they're investigating an alleged threat against Remington Arms, as the facility remains on lockdown.

Ilion police posted the following message on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon:

"The Ilion Police Department received a report of an alleged threat directed at the Remington Arms Company. The Ilion Police Department in conjunction with the New York State Police initiated precautionary steps to insure the safety of those potentially exposed by the alleged threat. The Herkimer County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation. The New York State Police continue to investigate their portion of the investigation and will issue their press release at the conclusion of the investigation."

Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter says a social media post is involved. The following Facebook post has been shared throughout social media, but has not yet been confirmed to be the post in question:

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney also issued a statement regarding the lockdown situation at Remington.

"As Remington Arms remains on lockdown, I will continue to monitor the situation closely," Tenney said. "This is a frightening time for Remington employees and I am here to offer any support and assistance that they need. Our community is grateful to our first responders and law enforcement officers as they work to respond to this incident."

We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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(Previous coverage)

ILION – The Ilion Police Department and New York State Police are currently on scene at the Remington Arms plant in Ilion, and all of the entrances are currently blocked off.

Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter, who is also on scene, says that the plant is on lockdown and persons of interest are being interviewed.

Ilion Mayor Terry Leonard says the Ilion police chief told him there is some sort of “event” happening at Remington, and there is a multi-agency response, but he could not offer any further details.

NEWSChannel 2 crews on scene report that at least two K9s are checking out the hundreds of cars in the parking lot, and police say that it could take about two hours.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more information.

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