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Social media threats lead to arrest of Hot Springs man

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A Hot Springs man was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening to shoot National Park Service rangers last month on social media a few days after he was charged with fleeing and having unrestrained dogs on a West Mountain trail.

Brently O. Green, 29, who listed a Fayetteville address but, according to police, currently lives on Quapaw Avenue, was arrested Monday on a felony warrant and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, punishable by up to six years in prison.

Green remained in custody Tuesday on $100,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, National Park Service Ranger John Griggs saw Green running on a trail with two unrestrained dogs, in violation of federal regulations, on April 27.

Hot Springs police Cpl. Kirk Zaner said Tuesday that Green was at the Mountain Top Trail trailhead on Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs National Park.

Green allegedly refused Griggs' commands to stop and fled the area. Griggs pursued Green, who reportedly ran to his current residence in the 700 block of Quapaw Avenue. Griggs issued citations to Green for the unrestrained dog violation and fleeing.

On April 30, an officer with the Malvern Police Department notified two Park Service rangers that Green had made threats on social media at around 3:45 p.m. that day to "kill NPS Rangers if they attempted to stop him from running with his dogs on the NPS trails," the affidavit said.

According to screenshots of the posts sent to the rangers by the police officer, the posts reportedly said the following: "Reminder to always hate law enforcement Prepare the whole force!!! I'm about to go trail running mother (expletive)!!! I have the freedom to trail run without stopping and so do my dogs. I think I'll take my pistol this time and if some piece of s - - - park ranger tries to tell me I can't run on MY own trails then I'll put a (expletive) bullet in his head. Problem solved. My trails b - - - - . I grew up on these ... things. I'll go to war over them. (Expletive) u."

Green was originally cited for violating Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Part 2, Section 2.15, which regulates pets on federal property.

That section states, in part, that "failing to crate, cage, restrain on a leash which shall not exceed six feet in length, or otherwise physically confine a pet at all times," is prohibited.

Local on 05/16/2018

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