Raytown teen charged for post about looting Walmart

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Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 23:32:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A teenager from Raytown has been charged with making a terrorist threat for creating a Facebook event that invited people to loot a Walmart on Missouri 350.

Bryant Lewis, 18, is charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat, which is punishable by at least one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to a probable cause statement, the Facebook event invited people to show up at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Raytown Walmart, gather items then “run out” at 8 p.m.

Lewis told the detective the post “was a little joke that I guess went too far” and that he didn’t think anybody would really do it.

However, according to the investigation, Lewis responded “four or five times” to comments “jokingly telling people that he was serious about meeting.”

The store responded by closing shortly before 6 p.m.

A district manager for Walmart told the investigating detective that 13 Walmart stores nationwide have been looted amid ongoing protests across the country.