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'Don't go to Cary tomorrow': Man charged with making online threat

Posted February 21
Updated February 22

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— A 27-year-old Cary man is facing federal charges after the U.S. Attorney's Office said he threatened to injure people in Cary over the weekend.

Garrett Asger Grimsley, of 3116 Lakeside View Court, allegedly posted an online public message on the messaging app Whisper, stating "don't go to Cary tomorrow," on Feb. 19, authorities said in paperwork released Tuesday.

In a follow-up private message conversation, Grimsley said the following:

“For too long the kuffar [non-Muslims] have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. Say your dua [prayers], sleep, and watch the news tomorrow. It will only be the beginning . . .”

Authorities were able to track down Grimsley based on the geo-location of his post and a name and address provided by the cell phone carrier whose service was used to make the post.

When authorities entered Grimsley's home, they saw a Facebook conversation in which he was talking to another person about encrypting the hard drive on his computer and stating that he was expecting to be raided by police, warrants said.

A search warrant executed at Grimsley's apartment resulted in the recovery of an AK-47 rifle, four 30-round magazines and about 340 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

"I am just shocked someone would want to kill us, that they had AK-47s and bombs and they were going to kill everyone that wasn't Muslim. It's shocking," said neighbor Kelly Biagianti.

Amanda Smith used to live in Grimsley's apartment before moving a few doors down and was questioned by agents.

"There were four men at the door and they said FBI, so we weren't sure what was going on," she said.

Smith said she only spoke once with Grimsley in passing and that he "seemed like a normal guy."

Grimsley appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge Tuesday and was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce to injure a person. He is also charged with cyberstalking by the Cary Police Department.

Authorities said Grimsley was removed from the Wake County Detention Center and taken into federal custody Tuesday night.

If convicted, Grimsley could face a maximum penalty of five years jail time and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Cary Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

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  • Marianne Tioran Feb 24, 11:54 a.m.
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    according to propaganda, his religion is peaceful

  • Marianne Tioran Feb 23, 10:38 a.m.
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    this is what sharia law is all about...educate yourselves

  • Marianne Tioran Feb 23, 10:37 a.m.
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    It should not be a surprise to the neighbor, or anyone, that he would have such a mission. this is commanded in the quran

  • Uvgotahbe Kidin Feb 22, 12:20 p.m.
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    "I'm just shocked that someone would wanna kill us. They had an AK-47..."

    This lady is a very adequate representation of the mindset of America.
    Shocked that "someone" would want to kill us.
    Really? Please describe the rainbow filled world you live in for the audience.
    Any idea as to 'why'?
    I mean, he tells us the 'why', but that's not made a big deal in the story of course...
    "They had an AK-47..."
    So, basically a tank or nuclear bomb that could kill everyone in Cary (in her mind). Though, she probably also thinks that the 340 rounds of ammo would be used up in the first second or two of him pulling the trigger of this fully automatic assault rifle. (It is semi-automatic, and its not an assault rifle [term made from whole cloth].)

  • John Jones Feb 22, 11:42 a.m.
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    If he needs mental help so does Dylan Roof.

  • Linda Tally Feb 22, 9:57 a.m.
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    I absolutely understand the "communicating threats" charge, but what warrants (or makes a case for) "cyber stalking?" Not arguing with the validity of it - just don't understand it quite.

  • John Archer Feb 22, 9:17 a.m.
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    Basically what you are saying is that it's ok to threaten, but you won't get arrested and punished until AFTER you harm someone? That's closing the barn door after the horses are out. Threats should be punishable, because he did have the means to carry out those threats. If we went with your theory, then why would we ever be fighting ISIS?

  • Dmitry Suemeov Feb 22, 8:43 a.m.
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    Why did WRAL change the headline on the front page to, 'Authorities recover AK-47, ammunition after Cary man's online threat'? There's nothing wrong with owning a AK-47 or ammo. I don't believe the AK-47 is to blame for this fellow making terrorist threats. Firearm ownership is a given right in this country and no one should be shamed for firearms ownership. Still wondering why WRAL chose to change the headline.

  • Mike Trekker Feb 22, 8:07 a.m.
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    This is a psychiatric issue not a political one. As a child he was not invited to play in any "reindeer games," so now he harbors an attitude towards anyone he felt hurt him. This is a manifestation of the leftist mind set at its worse.

    Instead of five years, he needs an extended visit to a psychiatric prison until it is determined he will not do harm to anyone.

  • William Price Feb 22, 6:30 a.m.
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    so lets see here....in the last couple of weeks since trump wanting to ban muslims from countries there has been zero muslim threats to the US..... how ever there has been 4 americans attempting terrorist plots in the US......so who do we really need to ban??????

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