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FBI arrests Evansville man in connection with police threats

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Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin has confirmed that 31-year-old Derrick Murray of Evansville, was arrested Friday in connection to those online threats. Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin has confirmed that 31-year-old Derrick Murray of Evansville, was arrested Friday in connection to those online threats.

Evansville Police have raided two houses in recent weeks, searching for the person responsible for making online threats against police officers and their families.

Evansville Police now tell us they found their man on Friday, with an FBI arrest.

Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin has confirmed that 31-year-old Derrick Murray of Evansville, was arrested Friday in connection to those online threats.

Right now, the charges have not yet been revealed. 14 News managed to catch up to Murray's mother Sunday, who says she isn't quite sure what her son's involvement is.

Chief Bolin says, during a SWAT raid at Murray's mother's house, cell phones were taken for examination.

Two of the phones, belonging to Murray's mother and sister were returned, while Derrick's remained at the police station.

"So, they brought me and my daughter's on back. So, they said they had Derrick's. So, they said Derrick could come and get his phone," said Derrick's mother.

On Friday, that was exactly what Derrick and his mom decided to do. But when they walked into the police station, Murray's mother says they got more than what they bargained for.

"They said, 'Derrick' and Derrick went through the door. And all of a sudden, I saw all these cops. You know? And I heard him say, 'Ahhhh' and I said, 'Oh Lord!"

Derrick was arrested at the station by the FBI. His mother says she doesn't quite understand what his charges are or what evidence police have, but she agrees that it isn't a good idea to threaten police officers.

"Kids don't tell you nothing. I don't know what's going on with him. You know? Making threats on cops? Anybody with common sense knows better than that. You know? Come on, now," Murray's mother said.

Murray is currently being held at the Henderson County Jail.

According to an affidavit, the investigation began back on June 20th when an Evansville Police officer read comments on the website, Topix, threatening EPD officers.

They came from three posters: 'CREEPER', 'USARMY', and 'IHATECOPS.' They posted things like "Cops be aware," and "4th of July, a cops house gonna get hit." They also threatened officers' kids and wives.

On June 21st, cyber-crime task force officers requested the IP addresses of the three posters from Topix. The affidavit shows all three posts coming from the same IP address.

Investigators got a warrant and went to 616 E. Powell Avenue first, where they discovered an unsecured router and realized their suspect was logging on from down the street at 604 E. Powell. A judge issued new warrants and investigators went to 604 where they seized cell phones and found a history of posts on the site, Topix.

"Mr. Murray's threats made clear that even innocent civilians, women and children, who stood in his way of carrying out these threats against law enforcement officials, they were at risk as well," said  U.S. Attorney, Joe Hogsett.

When asked if there are other suspects in this case, Hogsett says the investigation is ongoing.

Murray is currently being held at the Henderson County Jail.

To read the full affidavit, click here.

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