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Teen arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ the AMC movie theater in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — A 16-year-old male has been arrested following a social media post in which he threatened to “shoot up” the AMC movie theater located near Market Street and Kerr Avenue.

Nikolai James Dixon Jr. of Murrayville in northern New Hanover County was arrested by New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies after allegedly making the threat on an Instagram post.

The Instagram post, as provided by the NHCSO. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy NHCSO)
The Instagram post, as provided by the NHCSO. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy NHCSO)

“I’m going to shoot up [sic] AMC theater in Wilmington North Carolina behind Sonic at 7:50 on October 8th,” the post, provided by NHCSO, reads. “My name is Nikolai Dixon, I go to E.A. Laney High School.”

“Thanks to local citizens and the media who notified us of his online social media post we were able to locate and identify Dixon,” according to a release from NHCSO. “At no point did Dixon have the means to carry out any threat. He has been charged with Cyberstalking and is in the New Hanover County Detention Facility.”

A later release clarified that Dixon was not being held at the detention facility but instead received a $2,500 unsecured bond, which does not require the defendant to be booked into the facility.

The arrest warrant stated there was probable cause to believe that Dixon unlawfully and willfully made an electronic communication to the Instagram profile “cheeseclazone” in which he made a false statement “with the intent to terrify.”

It appears the Instagram post has since been removed. The image of the suspect was provided by NHCSO for release by the media.


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