A Facebook developer who allegedly threatened police over a Facebook post has been arrested in California, the company said on Tuesday.
According to a Facebook statement, Facebook developer John W. Hildreth, who is employed at a San Francisco tech firm, was arrested on Tuesday at the company’s San Francisco office on charges of malicious communication and obstructing official business.
Hildreth is scheduled to appear in court on March 25.
Facebook said in a statement that it is working with the San Francisco Police Department and that it “will take all appropriate actions as it continues to review the matter.”
The company said that “Hildeth will be held accountable and prosecuted for his actions.”
Hildroth’s Facebook posts were published on March 6 and April 1.
They allegedly called police to report an “outrageous crime” and alleged that the police department’s investigation was a “political witch hunt” and that the department “wants to see you arrested.”
“It’s very disturbing that a Facebook developer would take offense to someone reporting a crime that he thinks is a ‘political witch-hunt,'” Facebook wrote in a blog post at the time.
“We are committed to building an inclusive and respectful workplace.
And we have a zero tolerance policy against harassment of anyone.”
Hondreth, a married father of three, is reportedly the co-founder of an online video game development company called Epic Games.
He allegedly posted messages that he called a “vicious, threatening, and threatening” attack on the police, police department, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
He also allegedly called for the resignation of San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, calling him a “snitch” and “coward” for allowing a police officer to photograph him during a traffic stop.
Hijacking video game accounts, according to the San Jose Mercury News, Hildroth said that he wanted to make a “violent, political statement.”