Former Reality TV Star Appears In Court For Terror Threats
A former reality star from the MTV show “Catfish” was arrested Wednesday by police in Washington, D.C. for threatening to bomb local train stations.
Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, who went by the name “Kidd Cole” on the TV show, appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon to face charges for making terrorist threats against D.C. Metro rail and the president.
According to a release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Coleman made a total of 11 calls between Dec. 12, 2014 and May 12, 2015 making bomb threats, claiming plans to take hostages on buses, and threatening to assassinate the president.
In each of the incidents, emergency crews responded to the threats, though each one turned out to be false. Some of the threats caused disruptions in transportation service.
Officials accuse Coleman of making the following threats:
Jan. 20, 2015: The caller claimed that people “from France” told him that they planned to ambush the president’s motorcade and assassinate him that night. The caller went on to say that the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire Potomac Avenue Metro station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices.
Jan. 22, 2015: The caller stated that he and his friends were planning to take hostages on Metrobus 6149 and that they would kill the hostages if they were not paid a $15 million ransom.
Feb. 22, 2015: MTPD received a bomb threat against Metrobus 7130 from a caller who advised that an individual wearing “all black clothing” and glasses had threatened to blow up the bus and was brandishing an AS-50 sniper rifle. The caller advised that the bus was near the Capitol.
May 12, 2015: The caller claimed that someone had approached his nephew and told him that he/she was planning to blow up a Metro station.
April 14, 2015: The caller told a 911 dispatcher that a bomb had been placed at the McPherson Square Metro station, and that there was a bomb at the White House.
May 5, 2015: The caller claimed that he had received information that certain individuals were planning to blow up a bus at the Potomac Avenue Metro station.
In another 911 hoax call, the caller made a violent threat against a Metrobus in the District of Columbia. The bus was stopped, evacuated and an innocent citizen who matched the lookout given by the caller was detained, questioned and frisked.
Detectives with the Metro Transit Police used cell phone records, video surveillance and telephone audio to identify Coleman. He was arrested Wednesday morning at his mother’s house.
“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”
Coleman is no stranger to lying on social media. When he appeared on “Catfish,” Coleman claimed to be making music with Kanye West’s record label, but was easily found out to be a fraud.
Producers on the show quickly found out his phone and his manager’s phone were both registered to the same person, and West’s record label had never heard of Coleman.
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