Man Accused of Threatening to "Kill Rats" on Facebook

Investigators say 20-year-old Freddie Henriquez(left), obtained a witness’ statement, posted photos of it on Facebook and added the caption “RATS.”

By David Chang
|  Monday, Feb 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Man Accused of Threatening Witness on Facebook

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Philadelphia Police arrested a man accused of threatening a witness on Facebook.

Police say the ordeal began with the arrest of Christian Maldonado, 19, Jeffrey Maldonado, 23, Qumere Jenkins, 19, and Anthony Espinosa, 22. All four men were arrested and charged in February for allegedly partaking in a conspiracy to straw purchase numerous firearms in Philadelphia.

In November, 20-year-old Freddie Henriquez, who police say is an associate of the four men, allegedly threatened a witness in their case on Facebook. Investigators say Henriquez obtained a witness’ statement, posted photos of it on Facebook and added the caption “RATS.” Henriquez also allegedly wrote “KILL ALL RATS."

Henriquez was arrested and charged with witness retaliation, witness intimidation and terroristic threats. He is currently being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled for another court appearance on January 2.

As for Henriquez’s alleged associates, Jeffrey Maldonado pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months incarceration while Jenkins pleaded guilty in October and was sentenced to 9 to 23 months incarceration. Espinosa is due in court on December 20 while Christian Maldonado is due in court on December 21.
 

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