FBI, ATF arrest Horizon City man for allegedly making online threats

After several online threats against Walmart appeared on Friday, law enforcement descended on a Horizon City-area home and arrested an alleged suspect in the case.

At approximately 8 p.m. on May 7th, 2020 agents of the El Paso Field Office received a tip from a concerned citizen.  The tip identified a photograph of a weapon, posted on a social media app, with the some of the text stating “…#watchoutwalmartimcoming #droplikeflys….”

On May 8, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation working with the El Paso Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed federal search warrants for a series of threatening communications over the internet in Horizon City and Chaparral, New Mexico.

FBI officials say they identified the owner of the account as 29-year old Horizon City resident, Alex R. Barron.

FBI agents and ATF executed a federal search warrant and later arrested Barron at approximately 8:30 p.m. on May 8th, 2020.  Barron will have his initial appearance in El Paso before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Monday, May 11th, 2020.

“This incident should serve as a reminder that the El Paso FBI has zero tolerance for anyone who threatens to do harm to others. Anyone who makes a social media post threatening to be a potential active shooter should expect to be identified and prosecuted,” stated Special Agent in Charge Luis M. Quesada.

“The El Paso FBI, Albuquerque FBI, El Paso Police Department, ATF, and the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas worked together to rapidly investigate this threat so we could keep our community safe.”

FBI officials added that if there is a reason to believe the safety of others is at risk, they ask anyone to  reach out to their local police department by calling 911 or contact the FBI at 915-832-5000.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, May 9th, the FBI tweeted the following information: