A 24-year old has been arrested and charged with two counts of threatening behaviour after he threatened to shoot a radio station DJ who wouldn’t play a song he’d requested from the pop punk band Rufio.
Alex H Finnegan is alleged to have called the radio station at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts multiple times to request that they play a track from the band, but was told by a station employee that they didn’t have the song and hadn’t even heard of the band, reports Enterprisenews.com.
Finnegan is then reported to have become angry and called back, during which time he threatened to “come in with a gun and shoot up the place”, Eva Gaffney, a spokesman for the university revealed.
The radio station then contacted police, who traced the caller and arrested Finnegan, who was found with the mobile phone which made the call, but no weapons.
Finnegan has been charged with making a threat with serious public harm and making a threat to commit murder. He was formally charged on Thursday (September 29) at Brockton District Court and held in lieu of bail at Plymouth County Jail.
He has released a written statement to police, which reads as follows:
The threats I made were completely a joke with no intentions of ever being made a reality. I am truly sorry that I scared anybody and wasted the resources of BSU doing so.
Rufio reformed in 2009 after a two-year hiatus, and released new album ‘Anybody Out There’ last year.