On July 11, 2014 Montgomery County Law Enforcement was made aware of several anonymous threats to various individuals through Facebook. The threats were directed at young people in the Splendora area and included phrases such as, “I am going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13, 2014.” Law enforcement, including the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, began to investigate and requested information through normal Facebook Law Enforcement channels. Despite repeated requests and following Facebook’s procedures for these circumstances,Facebook has refused to provide any information on the account from which the threats were made, stating that the threat does not rise to the level of an “exigency” (emergency). Without Facebook’s cooperation local law enforcement has no means to track and identify the individual making these threats.
“While most threats like these are young people making idle threats they never plan to carry out, in this day and age we cannot ignore or dismiss threats of this nature,” stated First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant. “The Precinct Four Constable’s Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and our office have done everything in our power to track down the individual responsible for these threats and determine the seriousness of their intentions. Unfortunately, due to Facebook’s incomprehensible lack of cooperation, we now have to take the extraordinary step of placing an entire community on notice of a threat we could have eliminated but for their stubborn and irresponsible position. Please continue to notify your local law enforcement agencies if any additional threats are received. We will continue to take this seriously and do all we can to protect this community despite Facebook’s lack of cooperation.”