MIAMI — Federal prosecutors want a man arrested with an arsenal of weapons held without bail until trial on charges that he made threats on the Internet about staging a Virginia Tech-style massacre.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan set a bail hearing Friday for Calin Chi Wong, 20, who was charged with a federal crime for allegedly making the threats on an Internet chat room after he said he had been ripped off in an online gun purchase.
An FBI affidavit says that Wong, of Homestead, on March 25 made several posts to a firearms chat room called AR15.com referring to last year's killings of 32 people at Virginia Tech by Seung-Hui Cho, who also killed himself.
"As we all know around a year ago this guy named Cho shot up virginia tech because no one believed him," Wong purportedly wrote. "I'm soon to the point to reenact the whole thing."
Wong's attorney, David Rothman, said at a hearing Monday that he hoped "cooler heads would prevail" and that Wong would be released on bail. He declined to comment after the hearing, as did Wong's mother.
Arraignment on the Internet threat charge was set for April 21. No evidence has surfaced that Wong ever took steps toward committing a violent act.
Wong was arrested on threats charges by Homestead police after a search of the home he shares with his parents uncovered 12 firearms — including four AK-47 assault rifles and a high-powered sniper rifle — along with 7,000 rounds of ammunition and 132 ammunition magazines, according to the FBI.
After posting $7,500 bail on the state charges, Wong was taken into custody Friday on a similar criminal complaint by federal authorities.
The FBI affidavit said that Wong admitted making the chat room statements and that he had made "at least 20" similar threatening comments on the Internet during the past year.
Wong's brother said last week that he was stockpiling the weapons as an investment in case a Democrat is elected president and would seek to ban them in the future, thereby raising guns' value.