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Police say suspect made threats about shooting at Wal-Mart in Thomaston

Federal grand jury indicts Rockport man for felony gun possession

By Stephen Betts | Dec 13, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Jeremy Rogers at Knox County court in August.

Portland — A federal grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old man for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment against Jeremy H. Rogers of Rockport was released Friday, Dec. 13 in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Rogers has been held in jail since Aug. 22 when he was arrested outside a residence on Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport by Rockland Police Sgt. Joel Neal. The arrest came moments after Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe had obtained a state arrest warrant against Rogers for felony terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, felony terrorizing and felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The federal government took over the case Sept. 30.

The indictment does not include any charges of making a threat.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, however, carries a maximum possible prison term of 10 years along with a fine of up to $250,000. The charge also could result in Rogers being on supervised release for two years after release from prison.

Rogers is represented by attorney James Mason of Brunswick.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy is prosecuting the case.

Rogers, from Connecticut, was staying at a residence in Rockport.

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."

A criminal background check on Rogers found he had convictions in 2016 in Connecticut for criminal possession of a firearm, and causing risk of injury to a child, according to court records.

A trial date has not been scheduled.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 14, 2019 12:28

Sounds like yet another quick release from the mental institution.  the mentally ill need to be institutionalized. But money conflicts and institutions let some go. A sad situation.

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