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Just hours before the commencement of Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Final featuring the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers on Tuesday, a man suspected of planning a mass shooting at T-Mobile Arena was apprehended by Las Vegas police, as reported by the Associated Press.
33-year-old Matthew DeSavio was detained shortly before the game started. He is presently confronting allegations of threatening to execute an act of terror or widespread destruction.
Through numerous phone conversations, text messages, and social media posts, DeSavio is said to have expressed intentions to instigate a shooting at the Stanley Cup Final game, as documented in the police report. Specifics regarding DeSavio’s threats in the run-up to Game 5 remain unclear at the moment. However, three individuals, including a former classmate who accused DeSavio of stalking her, reported his social media activity to the police.
DeSavio’s relative, who had earlier filed a restraining order against him, was also among those who informed the authorities about his social media threats.
A woman who alleged years of harassment by DeSavio revealed that he phoned her on Tuesday with the threat, “No more nice man,” and added that he was on his way to her office, as quoted in the arrest report. She dialed 911 and DeSavio was arrested when he arrived at her office, as reported by ESPN. The arrest report did not confirm whether DeSavio was armed at the time of arrest. DeSavio was subsequently taken to county jail where he is detained on a $60,000 bond. He is yet to be formally charged and is due to appear in court later this month.
This is not DeSavio’s initial encounter with the law in Las Vegas. His legal troubles date back to 2014 and include charges of domestic battery and stalking. As recently as the previous October, DeSavio faced charges of threatening an act of terror or mass destruction, but the charge was dismissed in April when the state failed to secure him a spot at a psychiatric facility.
In a chilling reminder of the city’s past, just days before the Golden Knights’ inaugural game in 2017, Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The tragic event claimed 60 lives and injured at least 413 people.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stanley Cup Final Threat
Who is the man arrested for the alleged mass shooting threat at the Stanley Cup Final Game 5?
The man arrested is 33-year-old Matthew DeSavio. He was arrested hours before the game started.
Where and when was the arrest made?
The arrest was made in Las Vegas, just before the commencement of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers.
What charges is Matthew DeSavio facing?
Matthew DeSavio is facing a charge of threatening an act of terrorism or mass destruction. He is currently held on a $60,000 bond and is due to appear in court later in June.
Did Matthew DeSavio have a previous criminal record?
Yes, DeSavio had previous run-ins with the law in Las Vegas dating back to 2014, including charges of domestic battery, stalking, and a prior charge of threatening an act of terrorism or mass destruction.
Has a formal charge been filed against DeSavio yet?
No, as of now, DeSavio has not been formally charged.
What connection does this incident have with the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas?
The connection lies in the location and nature of the threat. The 2017 mass shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history, also occurred in Las Vegas. The threat DeSavio made was to carry out a similar act at a major public event in the city.
More about Stanley Cup Final Threat
- [Las Vegas Police Department]
- [The Associated Press]
- [Stanley Cup Finals]
- [ESPN’s Coverage]
- [History of Mass Shootings in the US]
- [T-Mobile Arena Information]