Federal authorities continue the search for a man accused of threatening to shoot Donald Trump as the president prepares to arrive in the state for a Make America Great Again Rally Thursday in Wilkes-Barre, just 30 miles from the hometown of fugitive Shawn Christy.
The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for any information leading to Christy’s arrest. Christy, 26, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, is facing federal charges for making social media threats against the president in June.
Christy allegedly posted on Facebook that he was going to shoot President Trump and that he would use “lethal force” on any law enforcement officer attempting to detain him. The posts were made between June 3 and June 12, the FBI said.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Christy by the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre on June 19. He has been charged with Interstate Communication of Threats and Threats Against the President of the United States.
Authorities have been searching for him since then. Authorities believe Christy stole a school van from Luzerne County on July 29. However, that van was found today (Thursday, Aug. 2) in the area of Nitro, West Virginia, the FBI confirmed.
Christy is believed to be armed and dangerous.
“The FBI and our law enforcement partners are working around the clock to locate Shawn Christy. As he’s considered armed and dangerous, we are concerned about the safety of anyone who may encounter him, including law enforcement and members of the public,” FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said.
The FBI asks residents to remain vigilant and report any sightings of Christy to law enforcement as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, President Trump’s Make America Great Again rally starts at 7 p.m at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 4 p.m. Watch the rally live here.
Image of Shawn Christy via the FBI