PHOENIX - Authorities identified the two people arrested Thursday in connection with a tweet sent Wednesday about an IED in the Jodi Arias courtroom.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the man and woman around 11 a.m. at a hotel near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road.
MCSO identified the male suspect as 18-year-old Laquint H. Cherry, and the female suspect as his girlfriend, Christina Hogan. She was questioned and then released.
They were suspected of being behind a threat on Twitter about an explosive device in the Arias courtroom. No device was found anywhere near the courthouse.
According to MCSO, the tweet said, "Planted some IEDs in the #jodi arias Superior Court room in Phoenix Arizona tomorrow I'll become a HERO and also shot by pigs once I unload."
MCSO was made aware of the situation by ABC15 after staff noticed the tweet.
At first, Cherry reportedly resisted efforts by MCSO to have him surrender peacefully.
He continued to tweet threatening messages about not being taken alive and also threatened to kill the officers surrounding him, MCSO said.
Cherry was eventually arrested without incident.
He was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on a class 4 felony charge related to acts of terrorism.
Sentencing in the Arias case was expected to resume at 1 p.m. Thursday, but was unexpectedly canceled . The penalty phase will resume Wednesday.
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