In Florida news…
Tampa police arrested Ralph Perkins, 50, on Tuesday, following threats he made to “wipe the whole gay community out in Tampa.” Apparently, Perkins had been rejected on a dating app.
The Tampa police detailed the arrest in a statement:
Tampa Police were made aware of a concerning conversation a complainant had on a dating app. After being rejected for an offer he made for companionship, the suspect, later identified as Ralph Perkins, posted threatening statements to the social media platform. Officers were able to quickly confirm Perkins identity and detectives immediately began an investigation. Once an arrest warrant was obtained, Tampa Police detectives, accompanied by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responded to Perkins’s house in the county. He was taken into custody and charged with Written Threats to Commit Mass Violence or an Act of Terrorism.
Perkins confessed that made the threats via a dating app after he suffered rejection. “I like to take a gun I like to wipe the whole gay community out in Tampa and then kill myself,” he said. “That’s going to be my ultimate [Christmas] present to Tampa Florida is the annihilator the gay community before I kill myself.”
Perkins has a history of multiple arrests, and has is a convicted sex offender.