Rockledge Man Arrested By Brevard Sheriff’s Deputies After Calling In Threat To Merritt Island Walmart
By Space Coast Daily // August 6, 2019
Richard Seepersad arrested
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 41 year-old Richard Kailash Seepersad of Rockledge for calling a Merritt Island Walmart and saying that people were on the way to shoot up the store.
According to the Commander Dan Singleton of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Seepersad was arrested after a warrant was issued by a judge charging him with False Report Concerning the use of Firearms in a Violent Manner and the Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device.
Seepersad is being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
“The investigation began on August 4 at approximately 4:12 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to the Walmart, located at 1500 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island in reference to an unknown male who called in and advised multiple people were on the way to shoot up the store,” said Commander Singleton.
“Upon arriving at the store, deputies quickly began searching the area while working with the store’s staff to insure the safety of the customers.”
While interviewing the employee who answered the telephone call, deputies learned that a male, who identified himself as “Michael,” stated there were tw0 kids on their way to the store to “shoot the place up.”
While agents were responding to the scene to assume the investigation, deputies assigned to Patrol Services conducted frequent checks of the business throughout the night to further insure the safety of the customers and employees.
“Through investigative leads and hours of follow-up, agents with the East Precinct General Crimes Unit, along with assistance from a Sheriff’s agent assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, were able to determine the threatening telephone call was made by Seepersad,” said Commander Singleton.
When completed, the investigation was presented to the State Attorney’s Office and a judge where it was determined that probable cause existed for the alleged criminal actions of Seepersad.
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