Star Wars The Force Awakens: Police say man threatened to kill friend over film spoiler
A Star Wars fan living in Montana has been arrested after allegedly threatened to shoot one of his Facebook friends for “spoiling” some of the new film’s plot points.
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, 18-year-old Arthur Charles Roy of Helena, Montana, was detained last Friday on a single felony assault with a weapon charge. Roy has since posted $10,000 bail for his release.
According to his arrest report, Roy began speaking online last Thursday with a boy he’d befriended on Facebook about the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.
The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, began showing in theaters nationwide last Thursday evening.
According to police, Roy allegedly became upset after the boy revealed parts of the movie to him in their Facebook conversation and then sent the boy a picture of himself with a gun. The report states that Roy claimed the gun was a Colt with a “hair trigger.”
Roy allegedly told the boy he would show up at his school during lunch time, which prompted a lockdown of the boy’s school last Friday.
According to court documents, Roy declined to speak with police about the alleged threats. When his mother asked why her son was being detained, police told her about the Facebook interactions and the photograph.
“Defendant’s mother asked why Defendant was being arrested since it was only a BB gun that was on the Defendant’s Facebook page,” the arrest report reads.
Attempts to reach Roy’s attorney on Wednesday were unsuccessful.