Police arrested a black teen from Alabama who allegedly posed as a white man on social media and made violent threats toward black people attending a county fair.
Lafayette resident Pharrell Smith, 18, faces charges after allegedly posting the threat to Facebook on Sept. 19.
Smith purportedly made efforts to pose as a white supremacist on Facebook, creating an account featuring Confederate flags and posting he and his friends planned to attend the Lee County Fair earlier this month in Opelika “to kill every NEGRO that we lay eye contact on so be prepared. WHITE POWER.”
Due to the nature of the threats, Opelika Police said they would dispatch ”additional officers for security to ensure the safety of fair attendees.”
An investigation conducted by the Opelika Police Department led them to pin the crime on Smith.
“Officials were able to trace the social media account to a residence in Lafayette, AL,” the Opelika Police Department reported in a Facebook update.
“Through the investigation, 18-year-old Pharrell Smith was developed as a suspect.”
While an arrest has been made, police say the case remains under investigation.
The department added Smith was recently arrested by Lafayette police on separate charges and that he would be extradited to Opelika to face Terroristic Threat charges once he’s released from their custody.
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