ELLSWORTH — A Hancock man was arrested Thursday after he posted threatening messages on Facebook, according to police.
Michael Carter, 38, was charged with terrorizing after some of Carter’s friends alerted police to a post on his Facebook page.
“They called us, and we saw it,” said Ellsworth Police Officer Kelvin Mote.
According to a police report, that message said, “We will all go out in a blaze of fire, think that school shooting was bad that was nothing to what will happen in Ellsworth.”
The mention of a school shooting was an apparent reference to the Dec. 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six staff members died.
Mote said Carter also posted a message on the Police Department’s Facebook page, stating, “People will parish [sic].”
Mote said police have no indication whether or not Carter had any plan to make his threat a reality, but said they treated it seriously.
“When you talk about something happening in Ellsworth worse than the last school shooting, what am I supposed to think?” Mote said.
While police searched for Carter, the Down East Family YMCA and Moore Community Center were locked down as a precaution.
The Grand in downtown Ellsworth was not locked down, but Mote said police did warn them about what Carter had said because there were many children there watching a movie.