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08/28/2019

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ICE RAC Cocoa Beach arrests man after online threats

ICE RAC Cocoa Beach arrests man after online threats

COCOA BEACH, Fl. – Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) office in Cocoa Beach and the Cocoa Beach Police Department arrested a man on Aug. 24 for violation of state law (FSS 836.10) concerning written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

“This is another example of HSI using our unique international investigative authorities to make our local communities safer,” said HSI Tampa, Orlando Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Pezzutti.

“The strength of our law enforcement partnerships continues to serve as a force-multiplier as we work to ensure the public safety,” said Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld. “I am proud of the teamwork displayed and our investigators’ resolve to expeditiously locate and apprehend this individual.”

HSI Cocoa Beach responded to the Port Canaveral cruise ship terminal and arrested Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, of Leander, Texas, an inbound passenger, for making the threats online several days prior on a local hotel’s website. The Cocoa Beach Police Department led this investigation with assistance from HSI.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/29/2019