Feds charge Connecticut man, reveal additional threatening posts

FBI: Suspect bought ammo at Thomaston Walmart prior to arrest

By Stephen Betts | Oct 02, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Jeremy Rogers, in orange jumpsuit, appeared Aug. 24 in Knox County Court.

Thomaston — A 25-year-old Connecticut man purchased ammunition from the Thomaston Walmart that could be used in the AR-15 weapon he possessed, less than two weeks before his arrest for threatening a shooting at a Walmart.

The information was included in an affidavit filed Sept. 30 in U.S. District Court in Portland to support a criminal complaint charging Jeremy H. Rogers with the federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition, the affidavit states that Rogers had sent more online comments than earlier revealed about a potential shooting at Walmart.

Rogers was arrested Aug. 22 outside a residence on Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport by Rockland Police Sgt. Joel Neal as soon as Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe had obtained a state arrest warrant for felony terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, felony terrorizing and felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The arrest came after New York state police notified local police that  Rogers sent a video via Facebook messenger to a woman in New York showing him wearing a ski mask and holding an AR-15 rifle. In the video, he is quoted as saying "F... it, I'm going to Walmart," according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Court in Rockland.

A second video showed Rogers, without a mask, making disparaging comments about a woman and pointing a gun at his head, according to the affidavit.

Rockport police were alerted because family members said Rogers had recently moved to the town.

The affidavit filed in federal court reveals that Rogers purchased ammunition suitable for use in an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from Walmart in Thomaston Aug. 10. The FBI statement also detailed additional threats Rogers had made over Facebook.

On Aug. 12, he posted a photograph of the AR-15 and said, "Wanna see my new Wal-Mart killer?"

"I got so bored I bought a bunch of bullets and shotgun shells. I named her Bella," Rogers stated in the posts, according to the FBI affidavit.

He then commented online that he was trying to figure out what was wrong with one of his guns because it could only fire one shot at a time.

On Aug. 18, he sent a Facebook message to another person showing a photograph of the interior of a Walmart with the comment "Match begins at 2." Later in the day, he sent a post to another person in which he was wearing a mask and said he was going to Walmart.

Yet another video shows Rogers firing a Glock17C handgun with a small flashlight attached to it. He then shows himself handling three separate handguns and states "Man, I'm drowning in pistols, I got the 9mm Makarov, from Russia with love. Let's go to Austria, get the police Glock, and let's go over to this bitch and get out the other Glock."

After Rogers was arrested, he asked, "Is this because of the Facebook post I sent someone?" according to the affidavit.

During questioning by Rockland police and the FBI, Rogers admitted he had been convicted in Connecticut on a felony weapons charge. He also said that Facebook would suspend his accounts for his threatening posts and he would simply switch to another account.

Rogers later said he intended the messages to be a joke.

A criminal background check on Rogers found he had convictions in October 2016 in Norwalk, Conn., for criminal possession of a firearm and causing risk of injury to a child, according to court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but was released on probation after 13 months.

The maximum sentence for the new federal charge is 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up $250,000.

Rogers is represented by Attorney Jonathan Handelman of Brunswick. Rogers remains held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland. No court date is listed.

The local threat came less than three weeks after a man killed 22 people and wounded 27 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. And a few days later, a man in Florida was arrested for threatening to commit a mass shooting at a Walmart in that state.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Oct 03, 2019 11:55

How about the maximum sentence for each firearm!  The "story" is really click bait....Where he bought the ammo is not relevant - it's like saying where someone bought gas for their getaway car before a bank robbery.  I want them to find where he bought the guns!!!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 03, 2019 07:55

Give him the maximum sentence and see if he thinks that is a joke.

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