Harlingen police arrest Joel Hayden Schrimsher linked to violent social media threats

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Harlingen police arrest Joel Hayden Schrimsher connected to social media threats. (Source: Harlingen Police Department)

Joel Hayden Schrimsher was arrested and taken into custody for making terroristic threats online towards religious groups, police said.

Accroding to police, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms notified Harlingen Police Department of the violent threats.

Schrimsher, 18, was charged with a third degree felony.

On June 5th, Harlingen police conducted a search of Schrimsher’s  residence on the 2000 block of North Parkwood in Harlingen. 

Police said during this investigation, Harlingen investigators, working with the FBI joint terrorism task force and the Brownsville bomb squad, conducted a search of Schrimsher’s residence and found several chemical compounds used to create explosives were seized along with additional items related to the threats. 

Schrimsher was additionally charged with components of explosives, a third degree felony.

Schrimsher was given a bond of $1 million for making terroristic threat and in possession of explosive components. 

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