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Steelers Death Threat: Texas Man Arrested for Heinz Field Plot

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) takes the field after being introduced for an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By    |   Monday, 15 January 2018 02:26 PM

A Steelers death threat resulted in a Texas man's arrest after he allegedly threatened to kill NFL players, fans, and himself at the playoff game between Pittsburgh and the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend.

Yuttana Choochongkol, 30, reportedly sent notes to a local TV station and to officials at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday detailing his plans, and police were able to track the notes back to him, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate KSAT.

“This Sunday’s playoff game in Pittsburgh is going to be like no other,” Choochongkol is said to have written, KSAT reported. “Why? Because it’s going to be my last day on this pathetic planet. So why not take some innocent lives with me? The Steelers game will be packed, and that’s when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life.”  

Choochongkol was charged with making a terroristic threat to the public, KSAT reported. According to Newsweek, Choochongkol’s motive is still unknown, and it's also unclear whether Choochongkol took any steps to prepare for an actual attack. Officials believe, however, that an attack would have been similar to the October mass shooting in Las Vegas, which killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more.

The IP address used to send the threat to Heinz Field via heinzfield.com was tracked back to the World Wide Clinical Trials in San Antonio, KSAT reported. Choochongkol reportedly served as a subject for medical trials at the facility some 25 times since 2011, according to the affidavit.

Twitter users were glad Choochongkol was caught, but wondered about a few details of the story.

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