Trump Supporter Being Investigated
A Trump supporter has come under investigation over a Facebook post about blowing up Big O’s Pork & Dreams, a barbecue restaurant in Edmond.
Scott Albert Himes, 49, of Oklahoma City, admitted to making the post after a restaurant owner called police about Trump supporters gathering outside for a Sept. 26 rally.
He told investigators, though, that he only meant for negative comments to be made on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“I guess someone took it out of proportion and the FBI come to the house a couple of months ago,” he told The a reporter on Monday. “And I told them everything. I used to be a cop. I’m not going to blow someone’s business up.
“That is ridiculous. It had nothing to do with blowing some place up.”
The existence of investigation came to light Monday when an Edmond police officer on the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force filed records about a search for evidence concerning the Facebook group, “drivefor45.”
The officer referred to Mr. Himes’ post on the Facebook group’s page as a threat.
“The threat was as follows: ‘We need to blow up that disgraceful Big O’s bbq. Called the cops for unlawful assembly,’” the officer reported in an affidavit.
“It should be noted that Facebook group ‘drivefor45’ is a pro-Trump political group that routinely gets together and convoys with their vehicles to various locations in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area,” the officer also reported.
“While convoying, all participants will fly patriotic flags from the outside of their vehicles.”
The group had gathered Sept. 26 in an Edmond shopping center’s parking area to begin a convoy, the officer wrote. Rally goers said they were getting ready to leave when Edmond police officers responded to a complaint.
The officer reported Himes was questioned about the post on Oct. 8 at his home. “Himes appeared to show remorse for making the threat and said he should have used his words more wisely,” the officer wrote.
Oklahoma county prosecutors have been consulted about the investigation. No decision has been made yet on whether Himes will be charged.
Tanaka Wilson, the co-owner of Big O’s Pork & Dreams, reported the post to police and the FBI after being warned about it, the officer wrote.
Mr. Himes claims he also posted “we need to put them on blast.”
“I didn’t put ‘Facebook,’ which I should have, but I didn’t,” he said. “I’m sorry about the misunderstanding. That’s all it was.”
On his own Facebook page, Mr. Himes made a profane remark about the restaurant.
“I will never eat here and I encourage others not to,” he posted Sept. 26.
In other posts, he wrote about “preparing for the Civil War for years now” and how he would love to punch actress Alyssa Milano in the face.