A Texas man is accused of making an online threat against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans on January 11, 2018. Yuttana Choochongkol now faces the prospect of prison time after being arrested by the FBI.
Threat Sent to CBS, Stadium
If you are a sports fan, there is a very good chance that you have wished harm on an opposing team or player, however jokingly. But in the case of Yuttana Choochongkol, It seems to have been taken too far.
Choochongkol is accused of e-mailing a threat to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA as well as to Heinz Field, the stadium hosting a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 14.
The e-mail reportedly read: “The Steelers game will be packed, and that’s when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life. After all, what does a person that is going to commit suicide have to lose? Absolutely nothing. So why not take out some million dollar Steelers players before me? Sounds like a good idea. Hahahahahah.”
FBI Hunt for Yuttana Choochongkol
The FBI, working in conjunction with Pittsburgh police and authorities in San Antonio, Texas, tracked down the 40-year-old Choochongkol via an IP address from which the threat was sent. The IP address led investigators to a Worldwide Clinical Trials office in San Antonio, where the suspect was a sometime medical trial subject.
Police arrested him for allegedly making a terrorist threat without incident. According to Texas law, making a terrorist threat is a third-degree felony carrying a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.
A Joke Gone Too Far?
It is currently unknown if the threat was serious or if it was just a joke gone way too far.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not taking any chances and have stated: “We take all threats seriously and turned over information to the FBI and the City of Pittsburgh police. We are thankful law enforcement was able to identify and track down the individual to make an arrest.”
It is unknown if Yuttana Choochongkol has a lawyer or when he will next appear in court.