PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A man has been arrested for making a threat against police officers on Facebook.
Police issued a BOLO for 26-year-old Kenneth Aquiline, a Marine from Penn Hills.
“This day and age we can’t look the other way,” Plum Police Chief Frank Monoco said. “It’s just like someone bringing a weapon to school or any other threat that we get, yet we have to take it seriously anymore.”
The following message was posted to his Facebook page.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti reports:
“I serve in the Marines give all I have for six years. Deployed every chance I got.and gave all I have. I come back and am homeless ask for help and nobody [expletive] cares. They just keep taking and [expletive] me over. I bet if I bet if I put some bullets in some cops that deserve it everybody will care. It will make the news I bet. Well just have to see. Then when everybody asks why im just gonna say well you didnt care then.”
According to the police criminal complaint, Aquiline told relatives he was going to the blood bank Thursday to sell blood so he could buy bullets.
Police from Penn Hills, Plum and sheriff’s deputies were looking for him and found him inside an abandoned, foreclosed house.
He was arrested without incident.
“I’m a veteran. This all a mistake. I’m sorry. It will be okay,” Aquiline said to reporters as he was placed in a police car.
Mike Shields, the commander of American Legion Post 980, told KDKA-TV that Aquiline worked there in recent months.
Shields said Aquiline was a good worker, but troubled.
“Post traumatic syndrome,” he said. “Spent six years in the Marines and I don’t know how many times he was deployed, but I think that takes a toll on a vet.”
Shields said he tried to point Aquiline in the right direction, but it didn’t work out.
“I tried to get him to go to VA hospital, get help there, he refused,” he said.
KDKA’s Heather Abraham reports: