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West Palm news anchor presses charges against man for threatening tweet

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Updated: 12/10/2013 3:23 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A tweet to a local television news anchor landed a Lake Worth man in the Palm Beach County Jail, records show.

Martin Thomas Pierro, 41, was arrested on Friday and is facing a charge of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure in connection with a Twitter message he sent to WPEC-Channel 12 news anchor John Discepolo in October.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Discepolo was corresponding with Pierro on Oct. 23 when he received the threatening message.

Pierro, whose Twitter handle is @CosmicTimes, sent Discepolo a message that stated: “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”
Discepolo responded by writing: “Not something to joke about…not cool.”

The conversation ended with Pierro saying he was kidding. “Oh come on that’s an old school broadcasters joke. I was just poking fun at your “teases” for the nightly news,” he wrote.

Earlier on Oct. 23, Discepolo promoted that day’s afternoon newscast with a tweet: “cbs 12 wants to keep you and your money safe! So what does moving have to do with it? The new scam we uncovered…next at 5.

Pierro said in a phone interview with The Palm Beach Post that his tweet was meant to mock, not menace Discepolo and wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously.

“It was just a joke. Really. Now I’m facing criminal charges,” Pierro said.

Messages left for Discepolo at Channel 12 and his home were not returned.
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