ILION - Ilion's police chief confirms that the suspect who's allegedly responsible for the lockdown at the Ilion gunmaker on Thursday is a former employee.
Matthew Spaman allegedly made a Facebook post THursday afternoon, talking about a bomb and about Remington Arms. The post read, in part, "With a LIVE BOMB in my vehicle, and a countdown in place or the return or destruction of my vehicle due to being in the possession of terrorists and treasonists to God and Country at Remington Arms in Ilion, NY".
Police caught up with Spaman, 30, at his home in Ilion Thursday evening. He's charged with falsely reporting an incident. Utica College threat suspect Fahrudin Omerovic, who's accused of setting in motion a similar chain of events at the college in March, is charged with making a terroristic threat. The Herkimer County District Attorney explains the difference.
"For making a terroristic threat, you generally have to have the intent to commit a further offense - a specified offense. For example, if you say 'there's a bomb in the school and I'm gonna kill the students.' There's additional elements that weren't present for this particular charge," said Herkimer County DA Jeff Carpenter Friday afternoon.
Whether or not a psychiatric defense or disposition is indicated in this case is currently out of Carpenter's hands.
"If his defense team decides they want to have him evaluated, that's up to them. I have no control over that. We'll deal with that as it comes. RIght now, it's being pursued criminally," said Carpenter.
Spaman is due in Town of German Flatts court Monday at 2:00 p.m. for a felony hearing. He's currently being held in the Herkimer County Jail on $15,000 bond.