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Arizona Man Arrested for Making Online Threats to Kill Attendees at a Music Event in Tempe, Arizona

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Trevor Lee O’Dowd, 29, of Prescott Valley, was arrested last week for making online threats to kill anyone who attended yesterday evening’s music event at a venue in Tempe, Arizona. O’Dowd was charged by federal criminal complaint with a single count of Interstate Communication of Threats.

The complaint alleges that, between March 12 and 13, 2024, O’Dowd used a social media platform to post numerous threats to injure and kill attendees at the music event. O’Dowd posts indicated that he felt disrespected for not being invited to the event. His threatening posts included the following statements:

            “If they go im going on a rampage im just letting yall know before it happens.”

            “Anyone got an AK I can b[o]rrow. Bout to go end some lives since u think I’m never      gonna make it.” 

            “I suggest hiring more security for ur events soon.” 

            “April 7th will be the last day for AZ hip hop.”

            “[D]on’t show up to mill Ave is all imma say.” 

In other messages, O’Dowd welcomed a police presence and added that it would “be a wild west shootout like the good old days . . . I have no reason to live so good luck with that.” 

The single count of Interstate Communication of Threats carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

A complaint is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:           24-6135MJ
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-046_O’Dowd

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated April 8, 2024

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