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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Son Who Threatened Police Officers on Facebook and His Father Arrested on Firearms Charges

DALLAS — Two Dallas residents, a son who made threats against police officers on Facebook, and his father have been arrested by officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Department on firearms charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Lance Alvin Coubry, (JR), 32, and his father, Lancelot Alvin Coubry, a/k/a “Lance Alvin Coubry (SR),” 62, were arrested yesterday on the federal charges, and both made their initial appearance in federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver.  Both are convicted felons, and both were detained pending detention hearings set for Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.         

According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Coubry’s public Facebook page shows him in possession of numerous firearms and illegal narcotics.  Coubry also made numerous references on Facebook about committing robberies and made statements regarding murdering police officers.

“No doubt this office takes federal firearms offenses, especially those committed by convicted felons, very seriously, but when coupled with outrageous public threats against law enforcement, this office won’t hesitate to take swift and vigorous action,” said U.S. Attorney Parker.

Law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Coubry’s residence; both Coubry and his father were present at the residence.  Law enforcement located and seized four firearms from Coubry’s bedroom and two firearms from his father’s bedroom.   

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge.  A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.  The maximum statutory penalty for the charged offense, possession of a firearm by a felon, is 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being led by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is in charge of the prosecution.

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