Police: Threats to Atlanta gay bars may be hoax

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Atlanta police said threats to make two gay Atlanta bars “the next Orlando” may have come through a hacked social media account. 

But police continue to pursue who tweeted the threats to Ten and Blake's in the wake of the gay bar massacre in Orlando, and once they track down the source, that person could face charges of terroristic threats.

The series of tweets came from @BrettTEdgerton, which was the purported account of Brett Edgerton. The bio line in the account, which has seen been deactivated, claimed the title of “Most Gorgeous Man in Midtown Atlanta.”

After several people reported the tweets to Atlanta police, investigators questioned Edgerton on Tuesday and turned the case over to its Homeland Security Unit. Late Wednesday, a police spokesperson said that the Twitter account may have been hacked.

“At this point we do believe his account was hacked. We do have some credible leads,” Sgt. Warren Pickard (photo) told WSB Radio.

The agency posted a similar statement to its Facebook page:

A preliminary investigation indicates no credible threat to both TEN and BLAKES. Early indication is that the account from which the threats originated may have been hacked. The investigation in is still ongoing.

Pickard told Fox 5 that the police agency takes the threats as credible until they can disprove them. And in this case, the investigation has apparently done just that.

“We don't believe any of it is credible at this point, but we are still working to authenticate whether the threat came from a person with intent,” Pickard told Fox 5.

Investigators are still pursuing who made the tweets threatening the bars. The police department did not explain tweets from Edgerton's account made in April that he “will terrorize the gays in Atlanta.”

An incident report was not available on Wednesday, a police spokesperson said.

UPDATE | Atlanta police announced that Edgerton is not a suspect. Their investigation showed that someone else created the Twitter account in Edgerton's name and posted the threatening tweets. The incident likely stemmed from a dispute that person had with Edgerton, police said.


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