San Luis Obispo police arrested a 45-year-old man for posting a death threat on Facebook against the organizers of a vigil held in SLO last week in the aftermath of the racially charged violence in Charlottesville. Daniel Joshua Phares admitted to writing the death threat, but said he did not plan to carry it out, police said,
Organizers of the Outshine the Darkness vigil contacted police Thursday evening to alert officers to the threatening comments that were logged under a Facebook post announcing the vigil. Phares later deleted the post, but police had already captured screen shots of the threat.
Phares admitted to making the threats but said he was just venting his frustration with the current state of events in the country and didn’t intend to hurt anyone, police said. Phares also said he was sick of views opposing to his own, and he said he thought it was better to vent than actually do something about his frustration.
However, the comment constituted a crime because it included a threat and caused immediate fear and danger for the vigil organizers, Pfarr said.
Officers arrested Phares for making a criminal threat and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Phares has since posted bail and been released.
Phares is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Aug. 31.