Man Faces Felony Terrorism Charges Over YouTube Video

Bryce Cuellar said he couldn't wait to start killing people
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2016 1:26 PM CDT
Man Faces Felony Terrorism Charges Over YouTube Video
Bryce Cuellar is charged with making terrorist threats over a 15-minute YouTube video he posted online in July.   (Facebook)

A Las Vegas man is being held on felony terrorist charges after posting a YouTube video of himself holding a sniper rifle and AR-15-type rifle and threatening to kill government officials, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryce Cuellar, 24, posted the video July 1. According to KTNV, Cuellar shows off his guns in the video while wearing night-vision goggles and a flak vest. He says he's upset the government is trying to take away the First and Second amendments and that he's excited to start killing people soon. In addition to government officials, Cuellar says he—as a Christian warrior—wants to kill "gays, faggots, lesbians, and satanists." "America is done and America is over," the Las Vegas Sun quotes Cuellar as saying in the video.

Authorities say Cuellar punched and choked his wife after filming the video, and he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery that night. On July 2, Interpol let Las Vegas police know about the video. Cuellar allegedly told police he was drunk and angry when he filmed the video but isn't a murderer. A police detective compares the video to ones made by terrorist organizations, and Cuellar was charged with making terrorist threats Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1. Authorities say Cuellar's online footprint over the past three years show him getting more and more aggressive. (Read more terrorism stories.)

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