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Atlanta Gay Bars Targeted by Terrorist Threats, Suspect Arrested

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A man in Georgia was arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats on social media against at least two LGBTQ+ nightclubs.Chase Staubs was taken into custody over Thanksgiving for making threats against two gay clubs in Atlanta, Heretic and Felix’s.

No motivation was provided for the alleged crimes by police, but police did say a pepper spray gun believed used in the threats was recovered at the suspect’s home.The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that officers responded on Wednesday to a bar identified as Heretic, meeting with employees who said they “observed threatening remarks made towards their establishment on social media.” On Thursday police responded to Felix’s, where employees and patrons told police they asked Staubs to leave the bar once he was identified.“The person appeared to be the same individual involved in making bias terroristic threats” against the Heretic, police said.RELATED: Photos: Who Were the 5 Victims of the Club Q Shooting?Officers quickly notified detectives with the APD Homeland Security Unit.

Following a brief investigation, officers conducted a “knock and talk” with Staubs at a home address in the city. Staubs was subsequently taken into custody, charged, and later transported to Fulton County Jail.

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