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Man arrested after amassing weapons

MIAMI — A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to re-enact a Virginia-Tech style massacre, authorities said Thursday.

Oregon authorities learned of a March 25 Internet message allegedly posted by Calin Chi Wong in which he threatened to re-enact the Virginia Tech killings. Two days later, Homestead police searched the home Wong shares with his parents and found the weapons stacked on shelves in plain view, Detective Antonio Aquino said.

Wong had 13 firearms in all, including two snipers, more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, some that could pierce armor, and 100 rounds in a feeding clip with bullets meant to take down aircraft. He'd hidden two AK-47s in his parents closet, Aquino said.

Wong was charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily injury via the computer and bonded out for $7,500. Additional charges are pending, Aquino said.

Homestead police first noticed Wong when he went to the department in February to complain he had been ripped off for $800 over the Internet after he ordered a gun online using his father's Paypal account.

He told authorities he'd called the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other agencies about the issue and reached a boiling point when he posted the message saying he would re-enact the Virginia Tech massacre, Aquino said.

"After speaking to him and seeing his frustration, I believe that he had the potential to carry out some kind of threat," Aquino said.

Wong had been buying and selling guns for about two years and now word was getting around about Wong's age. Dealers stopped selling to him and he was being banned from certain gun-sale Web sites.

"I'm soon to the point to re-enact the whole event," Wong wrote under the name "thehumanabc" referring to the shootings last April at Virginia Tech.

"This may not seem like a threat to you, but I'm sure others don't want to see it occur again. It should be a wake up call for All haters out there," according to an arrest report.

Wong told police making the threat made him feel good because after "he had thousands of people on the Internet paying attention to him," Aquino said.

Man arrested after amassing weapons 04/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:23am]
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