BYU-Idaho student arrested for allegedly making threats against Walmart over prices
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REXBURG — A Brigham Young University-Idaho student from Oklahoma has been charged for allegedly making threats on social media about a store “mysteriously” exploding.
Andrew Blamires, 19, was arrested Wednesday on one count of using a telephone to annoy, harass, intimidate or threaten, a misdemeanor. (Under Idaho code, the term “telephone” means any device that provides transmission of messages without physical connection.)
Police were tipped off after Blamires posted a public message on Facebook after a visit to Walmart in Rexburg.
“Anyone else’s Wal-mart not honor their rollback prices or bag your milk? #bastarddidntevengivememyeggs #ipaidadollarfiftynineforthose #thatWalmartisgoingtomysteriouslyexplodebeforeileaveRexburg,” the statement read.
As detectives began investigating, they learned Blamires had been charged in Oklahoma for a similar crime.
In September, he entered a no contest plea and was sentenced for allegedly threatening to perform an act of violence against a Wagoner County school, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com. Blamires was banned from all school property and ordered to not contact any school board or district personnel, teacher or student. Investigators found a “kill list” he had allegedly produced of people he wished were dead.
A no contest plea means the defendant does not admit guilt, but is nevertheless convicted of a crime.
Blamires was placed on probation for two years and ordered to undergo a mental health assessment. It’s unclear if the assessment has been done.
In a statement, a spokesman for BYU-Idaho says the university takes these allegations seriously and is conducting its own investigation.
Blamires was booked into the Madison County Jail and posted a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next week.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said Blamires pleaded guilty to threats in Oklahoma. That was incorrect, he entered a no contest plea, where the suspect maintains his innocence, but is still convicted of the crime. EastIdahoNews.com apologizes for the error.