A New York City man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly threatening a Las Vegas-style attack on a Colorado mobile technology company that had caught on to his apparent efforts to milk its referral bonus program, according to a criminal complaint. According to the complaint, Casillas opened his first account with the company on September 19, 2014, and in 2016 and 2017, opened 14 additional ones using various email addresses.
"Such a cowardly act on your behalf whats your name btw?" read a message the company received that same day.
The spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., John Marzulli said, the 34-year-old Victor Casillas from Brooklyn, N.Y. has been arrested by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday night in midtown Manhattan. The company locked accounts that it believed belonged to Casillas following suspicions that he was using them to fraudulently acquire credits, which can be redeemed for money.
The attorney's office said in a statement that Casillas emailed company employees with threats to kill one or more of them if the company did not pay him the amount he demanded. The F.B.I. agents arrested him after the man sent images of two MAC-11 submachine guns to the Denver business' officials and threatened to convert it into the Las Vegas part 2.
Authorities said they did not find any assault weapons when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took him into custody.
On Sept. 26, the company deactivated one of the accounts, and it started receiving threats.
"GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT (Final Warning)", Casillas wrote to the company on October 4, according to court papers, adding, "I I STILL HAVE NOT RECIEVED [SIC] MY GOD (D-n) FLTNDS.A--s".
Victor Casillas was arrested Tuesday after he repeatedly warned the company via email he meant to murder at least three employees, whom he referenced by name, before invoking the recent Vegas massacre that left 58 people dead and over 500 injured.
If convicted, Casillas could spend up to 20 years in prison.
Attempts to reach an attorney for him were not immediately successful.
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