Ahmaud Arbery: GBI arrests man for making online threat toward future protests

Ahmaud Arbery: GBI arrests man for making online threat toward future protests
Rashawn Smith was arrested for making hoax threats toward Ahmaud Arbery protests. (Liberty County Sheriff's Office/Liberty County Sheriff's Office)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Sunday morning that it was aware of a Facebook post that contains a threat to future protests related to Ahmaud Arbery.

At 8:17 p.m., the agency announced the arrest of 20-year-old Rashawn Smith for allegedly making terroristic threats toward future protests related to Ahmaud Arbery.

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Smith was taken into custody in Midway, Georgia and charged with dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts, which carries a punishment of up to ten years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

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In a subsequent tweet, GBI said Smith created a Facebook account in someone else's name, which he used to post a hoax threat.

Action News Jax is working to learn more information about the nature of the threat.