AUSTIN (KXAN) — One man’s post regarding police officers on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak, has him facing a terroristic threat charge.
According to an arrest warrant, James Wofford, 30, is accused of posting “Bout to put wings on pigs y’all. Bout to put wings on pigs” to the app on Oct. 4. An Austin police officer who was working patrol in the Parker Lane and Oltorf Street area saw the post—posts on Yik Yak can only be seen within a 5 mile radius—notified his superiors and an alert was sent out to all officers on patrol city-wide regarding the threat. The department also increased the number of officers assigned to respond to every call.
The Austin Police Department said the threat was “eerily similar” to another threat made by a gunman in New York last year, continued in the court document. In the New York post, the gunman posted “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today” on his Instagram account right before he killed two police officers.
Due to the nature of the threat, APD was quickly able to get information from Yik Yak regarding who posted the message. The information lead them to Wofford.
During the investigation, another post appeared on Yik Yak saying “Wings on pigs” which detectives determined were coming from the same user. The next day, officers located Wofford and took him into custody where he was arrested for some local traffic warrants, according to the warrant.
When questioned, Wofford admitted to making the postings on Yik Yak but he claimed he was “trying to stir a reaction from people,” and that he was not being serious, continued in the warrant. “With the recent events in our country, including the murder of police officers, that Wofford could have continued under the delusion that his threats wouldn’t be taken seriously,” according to police in the warrant.