A man in Texas was arrested on Friday night, after allegedly threatening to kill fans and players at the Jaguars-Steelers game on Sunday.
Yuttana Choochongkol, 30, was charged in Bexar County, Texas, for making a terroristic threat, which is considered to be a third-degree felony.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KSAT in San Antonio, Choochongkol wrote, “This Sunday’s playoff game in Pittsburgh is going to be like no other. Why? Because it’s going to be my last day on this pathetic planet. So why not take some innocent lives with me?
“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.”
The Steelers issued a statement acknowledging and addressing the threat.
“The Heinz Field website received a threat concerning the playoff game vs. Jacksonville. We take all threats seriously and turned over information to the FBI and the City of Pittsburgh Police,” Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten said. “We are thankful law enforcement was able to identify and track down the individual to make an arrest. We appreciate the hard work and attention that our law enforcement provides to our communities.”
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto addressed the threat on Twitter:
Thank you @FBIPittsburgh & @PghPolice on your coordinated efforts. Although much of your work go unnoticed or protected, your continuous service to protect is constantly appreciated. https://t.co/FZi0N1Hgic
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) January 14, 2018