Teen arrested for threats over social media, explosive components

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HARLINGEN, Texas — A Harlingen teen is arrested for making social media threats and for having explosive components at his residence. Authorities were first alerted to 18-year-old Joel Hayden Schrimsher after he allegedly made “threats of violence towards specific religious groups.”

On Saturday an extensive effort between Harlingen PD, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task force and the Brownsville Bomb Squad led them to the suspects home. That’s where they found chemical compounds known to create explosives. He is now behind bars facing multiple 3rd Degree felony charges.


Source Harlingen PD

On June 5th, 2019 Harlingen Police Department Investigators were contacted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATF) in reference to an individual in the Harlingen area using social media to make threats of violence towards specific religious groups. HPD Investigators followed up on the information which led them to a residence on the 2000 block of North Parkwood in Harlingen. During this investigation, 18 yr. old Joel Hayden Schrimsher was taken into custody and charged with making Terroristic threats, a 3rd Degree Felony.

Harlingen Investigators, working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Brownsville Bomb Squad, conducted a search of Schrimsher’s residence. During the search, several chemical compounds used to create explosives were seized along with additional items related to the threats. Based on the evidence collected, Schrimsher was additionally charged with Components of Explosives, a 3rd Degree Felony.


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