A man stocked with weapons who threatened to shoot up an Atlanta comedy club over a gay spoof video and used Facebook to spout anti-gay, racist and anti-trans rants now faces up to 15 years in prison.
Patrick Randell McIntosh was formally arraigned on Wednesday. But the charges he now faces—illegally possessing three firearms and a large amount of ammunition while under indictment for a felony offense, and for threatening the President—are unrelated to the threats he allegedly lobbed against the gay-friendly Laughing Skull Lounge.
McIntosh came under scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials from the FBI, ATF and Secret Service last fall after he allegedly threatened to “shoot everyone” inside Laughing Skull Lounge. McIntosh apparently made the threat through the now deactivated Facebook account of Pand Atl as he shared a Project Q Atlanta post about a gay spoof video. The brief story, ‘Faggy’ yogurt, cuz you’re a little homophobic, details a video by gay comedian Ian Aber and other comics that perform at the comedy club. The spot spoofs the Snickers commercials that turn hungry people into divas.
Other posts included one with an anti-gay, racist rant that threatened the president. Others included included a Nov. 17 status that says, “I wanna kill myself,” a Sept. 29 missive asking if anyone wants “to butt fuck a guy in a panda suit” and posts in August mocking transgender women.
“Other demeaning statements were made about homosexuals as well as claims of ‘White Power,’” according to a federal complaint filed in December. “Another post made by the profile creator stated that, ‘NEGROS in the White House. Think they own the county. Assignation the President!!!!!!! He needs to dye… his suits purples.”
After the threat against the comedy club, a manager for Laughing Skull contacted Atlanta police, which filed an incident report classifying the matter as a terroristic threat. Atlanta police also notified one of its LGBT liaisons about the case. When he posted the threats, McIntosh allegedly purchased three firearms and threatened his former girlfriend, who moved to metro Atlanta to distance herself from McIntosh. She told police where to find him and authorities later arrested him and recovered guns and ammunition in his possession. At the time of his arrest, McIntosh was on bond after being indicted in South Carolina for felony stalking.
“With the increased use of the various forms of social media comes increased online threats that vary in nature,” Mark F. Giuliano, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office, said in a prepared statement after Wednesday’s arraignment. “The FBI, as well as law enforcement as a whole, takes such online based threats seriously and they can easily evolve into federal criminal charges for those individuals making them.”
A grand jury indicted McIntosh on Jan. 15. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the firearms charge and 1o years on the threat charge. He could also face fines up to $250,000 on each charge.
“McIntosh is charged with making violent and disturbing threats online and via email to several people, including a threat to the life of the President of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a prepared statement. “Many state, local and federal law enforcement agencies have worked together to bring this potentially dangerous man into custody to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Before the threat against Laughing Skull, McIntosh apparently tried to perform at the club during an open mic night. But a manager says his comedy was “a bit off,” according to the criminal complaint. McIntosh also wanted to perform in a panda suit.
McIntosh’s Pand Atl profile included a cover image of a person in a panda suit mockingly humping a man, other photos of someone dressed in a panda suit, and Nazi imagery. The Facebook profile said Panda Atl is single and interested in men. It listed 31 friends, including several LGBT Atlantans, artists and drag queens.