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South Bend Man Arrested For Threats of Violence On Social Media

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

SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Isaiah Beavers, age 26, of South Bend, Indiana was arrested and charged by criminal complaint for threats posted using the Internet.  Beavers was arrested over the weekend by the FBI and the South Bend Police Department and appeared this afternoon before a United States Magistrate Judge for an initial appearance.  The United States Attorney’s Office is seeking pre-trial detention and the detention hearing is set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 2:00PM.

The complaint alleges that Beavers made a series of postings on social media referencing the rally scheduled in South Bend for this past Saturday evening.  The exact language of his posts are contained in the affidavit that supported the criminal complaint; both the criminal complaint and affidavit have been unsealed following Mr. Beavers’ initial appearance today.

Beavers was arrested Saturday afternoon, well before the rally referenced in his postings commenced.  The rally was held that evening and was peaceful as planned.

This case was prosecuted as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the South Bend Police Department; the St. Joseph County Police Department; and the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit.  This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth M. Hays.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a Criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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Updated July 11, 2016

Violent Crime