What happens when you take a threat seriously and don’t act?
The story of the swatting hoax continues, with a Texas man who made his way to Dallas to take down a fake ISIS threat to be arrested on charges of “spreading false news” and “criminal mischief.”
The man, who identified himself as a “spokesperson for ISIS,” posted a message on social media calling for his followers to go to the Dallas airport to take part in an upcoming terror attack.
It’s a chilling prospect for many who believe ISIS, a jihadist group, is plotting to use mass shootings and suicide bombings to make the United States less safe.
But the man who put up the threat also posted a video message to Twitter, where it was shared more than 400 times.
The message reads, “We are not a nation.
We do not belong in this land.
We are the enemy.
Do not go to this country.
You are the ones who have done this.
The time has come for all of you to die.”
The video is a message of warning.
It includes a list of names of the people who are to be killed and says, “There are no exceptions.”
It says, if you follow this message and don, you will be targeted.
The person who posted the message said he wanted his followers who had posted it to come to the airport, and he wanted to know where to go and how to get there.
“He said, I want to take out ISIS, I don’t care where, but you have to come here,” said Michael Brown, who was in the car with him.
He said the gunman told him, “You know I’m from out here, so just come to me.”
Brown said the man was wearing a black hoodie, jeans, black T-shirt and dark shoes, but he wasn’t carrying a gun.
He had no ID, but said he didn’t have a permit to carry a gun in the United Kingdom, which has strict gun laws.
He also told Brown, “I’m from the area and I’m just going to do it myself.”
A security guard was with Brown when he arrived at the airport.
He did not immediately know where the man went, or why he posted the threat.
“The only way he was going to be able to go in was if he was already inside the airport,” Brown said.
The man who posted a tweet threatening to shoot people in Dallas said the threat was an inside joke and he was not joking.
“It was not an actual threat.
I posted it because I didn’t know if I was going into the airport to see people,” the man told ABC News.
“It was to see if people would be there and see if there were people who were going to respond.”
He said he had never seen the threat on social-media before and had not received a response from anyone.
“I’m not saying that the person is the real ISIS,” the suspect said.
“The people that are posting it don’t know me.
It was a joke.
I’m not really sure what the big deal is.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security declined to comment, saying it was investigating the matter.
A representative from the Dallas Police Department said officers are on the scene and will talk to anyone who was near the airport before the suspect left.
The person who made the threat, who is a Texas native, said he came to Dallas after hearing rumors about ISIS.
“I think it’s a good idea to put the ISIS flag on your house, so you don’t have to worry about people coming in and shooting at you,” he said.
He said the terrorist organization is “a bunch of crazy people” and said the U.S. government should not support them.
“This is a bad idea and I hope that people get wise and realize that this is not good,” he told ABC affiliate KXAN.
“They’re a bunch of crazies and they’re going to use any excuse they can, any way they can.
They are not going to stop until they take down the entire world.”
The threat, which also included a photo of a gun, was retweeted more than 6,000 times and received more than 100,000 likes.
In response to the threat of the ISIS logo, many people called on the man to shoot the police.
The Texas man has not been arrested, but is being held in jail on a $10,000 bond.