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New York Man Arrested After Threatening App Company With Las Vegas-Style Attack

Victor Casillas, a 34-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York, has been arrested after he threatened a Denver-based business with a ‘Las Vegas-style shooting’. According to the Daily Mail, Mr. Casillas began threatening Ibotta, an app development company based in Denver, after they closed the account on his phone. The Ibotta app offers users rebates on a slew of affiliated products (groceries, Uber rides, restaurant bills etc.) when the account holder refers their app to friends and family.

After downloading the Ibotta app in 2014, Mr. Casillas referred dozens of people and received cash rewards, gift cards and rebates on common products. However, the Brooklyn man’s account was recently closed when system administrators noticed that the man’s ‘referrals’ were for duplicate accounts with brand-new email addresses. To mollify the disgruntled app user, Ibotta graciously offered him a final payout of $40 to limit his chances of mounting a successful lawsuit.

However, Mr. Casillas did not take kindly to his accounts being closed and began to send aggressive and threatening emails to managers and staff at Ibotta. In the emails, Mr. Casilla’s warned Ibotta officials that, unless he was transferred a large sum of money, he would kill everyone people in the company.

Mr. Casillas also attached several photos to the emails, showcasing a silencer-equipped submachine gun and a pair of MAC-11 submachine guns. The deranged app user also revealed that he had travelled to Denver and was preparing his attack soon. However, state authorities believe this was a lie and are not convinced that Mr. Casilla ever entered Colorado.

Despite the threats, the Ibotta team – which relayed all emails and threats to the police – did not respond to any of Mr. Casilla’s demands. Unsurprisingly, the emails continued to arrive in employee inboxes. “Please tell loved ones to start picking out a nice beautiful casket and plan a decent funeral,” read Mr. Casilla’s second last email before being arrested.

The final email that Mr. Casilla sent, which read, “GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT (Final Warning), I I STILL HAVE NOT RECIEVED MY GOD DAM FLTNDS...A**HOLES. . . WELL GET READY 4 LAS VEGaspart2 ....MAYBE TODAY YOU WILL MEET YOU MAKER," would lead to his arrest.

Following this email, Colorado police – who had reason to believe the Brooklyn man was planning a mass shooting – had the authority to arrest Mr. Casillas. The Daily Mail reports that police used Mr. Casillas’ geo-referenced IP address and mobile phone GPS to track him down. After being arrested in Manhattan, the antagonistic scammer attempted to frame his threats as a meaningless joke.

However, police were not amused and Mr. Casillas remains detained in a Manhattan prison. On Wednesday afternoon, the violent blackmailer is due for his arraignment. If Casillas is convicted of threatening a mass-shooting, he could be facing more than 20 years imprisonment.

Online commenters have applauded the actions of the arresting cops and Ibotta representatives. One Daily Mail user, known as ‘AlaskaFlygirl', expressed the views of many after drawing parallels between this incident and the previous horrors in Las Vegas, writing: “What a silly clown. I love that the company took him seriously. Can't just go around saying stuff like that anymore because we all realize that it might actually happen.”

Source: Daily Mail
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