PLANT CITY, FL — A Hillsborough County man has been arrested after being accused of making online threats to shoot protesters.
On Saturday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that Alex Bancroft, 30, threatened to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters in a Facebook post July 24. After others commented on the post, saying he wouldn’t actually commit the act of violence, Bancroft replied, “keep ur eyes on Fla news.”
Further investigation revealed another violent post on Bancroft’s account. He posted a photograph of playing cards from the game, “Cards Against Humanity.” The prompt read, “That’s right. I killed _____. How you ask? _____.”
Bancroft arranged the cards to read, “That’s right. I killed African children. How you ask? An AR-15 assault rifle.”
During interviews with Bancroft, he admitted to creating the posts on his Facebook account. He told deputies that he made the posts out of frustration, and didn’t intend to harm anyone.
A warrant for Bancroft’s arrest was obtained. Deputies attempted to serve it where he was staying in Dover, but Bancroft had left to visit a friend in Clermont. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the warrant. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Orange County deputies took Bancroft into custody on a felony charge of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury.
“The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office takes all threats to injure or kill others very seriously, and this includes threats made online on various social media platforms,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “HCSO’s mission to serve, protect and defend the citizens of Hillsborough County extends beyond the streets we patrol every day. If you think you can hide behind a computer screen when threatening to hurt another person, you are absolutely wrong. I want to thank our law enforcement partners, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Sheriff’s Office, for their assistance throughout the course of this investigation.”