Florida man accused of death threats against Jupiter, Boca Raton PDs

A Florida man was booked into the Palm Seaside County Jail this week after allegedly threatening to kill varied regulation enforcement businesses, together with Jupiter and Boca Raton police departments, on Fb.

An official from the Biloxi Police Division, in Mississippi, reached out to the Jupiter Police Division with issues a few suspicious account posting loss of life threats towards police from Jupiter, Boca Raton, Manatee County, and FBI staff.

The Biloxi official supplied three Fb posts from an account utilizing the identify “Bret Vitullo,” which authorities say have been written by 43-year-old Bret Schaller Hullinger.

“[P]ost each bit of knowledge you may have about me or kiss your family members goodbye and inform them I’m going to torture you to loss of life,” Hullinger allegedly posted on his public account below a pseudonym on February 21.

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Jupiter police reported that not one of the businesses focused within the risk had any intention to put up something about Hullinger.

The posts go a step additional, attaching images of Jupiter police automobiles, a knife, and what seems to be a selfie of Hullinger in entrance of the division headquarters. Officers later confirmed it to be him after he was captured on surveillance video taken that very same day.

Former Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott has been concerned with regulation enforcement for many years. He compares it to a imply canine.

“In the event you check out the threats made on social media, that is the growl, and finally that growl turns right into a chew, that means the achievement of the risk. And that’s extraordinarily essential with regard to officers recognizing that they can not simply blow this off,” Scott stated.

Whereas investigating, police have been in a position to determine Hullinger partly from the profile image on his “Bret Vitullo” account — which was of his actual face, in accordance with an arrest report. Hullinger additionally listed the names “Schaller Hullinger Dimwitsky O’Shine” on the identical account.

The police report lists the Florida man as unemployed, residing out of his automobile.

The report additionally features a photograph of a knife posted to Fb with the caption, “This image is the knife I’ll stab the officers who don’t put up the reality proper now within the face with as laborious and deep and as many instances as I can.” It is unclear precisely what reality Hullinger was asking for.

“Being a regulation enforcement officer or former regulation enforcement officer, any sort of risk, veiled or overt, would make me really feel very uncomfortable,” Scott stated.

Jupiter police felt they’d sufficient to file an arrest warrant, and Hullinger was taken into custody Tuesday.

Hullinger is charged with 4 counts of intimidation for writing loss of life threats and 4 extra counts of extortion, all 2nd-degree felonies. He is being held within the Palm Seaside County Jail on a $120,000 bond.


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