A man accused of using social media to threaten teenage girls and make bomb threats against an Indiana community is now in custody.
Federal authorities say the case started two years ago started in Plainfield, IN.
The man accused of targeting the central Indiana shopping malls and schools is from Bakersfield, CA.
Buster Hernandez, 26, now officially faces charges in the case.
At the time, the threats caused parents to keep children from school for several days during the investigation.
“The individual labeling himself as ‘Brian Kil’ used what is referred to as the TOR network, a sophisticated dark web, which allowed him to mask his IP address,” said U.S. Attorney for southern Indiana Josh Minkler, “He thought he could not be found, and in the cyber world, this was the modern equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Prosecutors say Hernandez faces 15 years to 30 years in prison if convicted.
This case has no connection to schools in the Tri-State, but we will continue to follow it for any developments.
(This story was originally published on Aug. 8, 2017)