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Police: Hurricane man arrested after threatening to blow up White House

By Carter Williams | Posted - Jan. 4, 2017 at 7:36 p.m.

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ST. GEORGE — A 24-year-old Hurricane man was arrested Monday after police allege he threatened to blow up the White House, according to a jail report.

David Grant Torrey was arrested and booked into Washington County Jail on suspicion of threat of terrorism with the use of mass destruction, a second-degree felony and probation violation, a Class-A misdemeanor.

According to the jail report, Torrey, who was on probation for previous threats, made a threat on the White House Instagram page.

“(The threats involved) additional threats towards President Barack Obama, his family, and the White House staff members, where Mr. Torrey stated he would ‘detonate a bomb strapped to my chest,’” the report states. “The message states in part, ‘It is a big enough bomb to kill everyone there right now. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.”

The report adds that Torrey made additional threats after that before he was arrested by LaVerkin police.

His bail was set at $10,000.

According to court records, Torrey has a history of making threats, including threatening to blow up the Cedar City Hospital in 2015 and again in 2016, as well as threatening to shoot Gov. Gary Herbert and a previous threat to stab Obama.

Carter Williams

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