Crime & Courts

DA plans to present case Tuesday against man in connection with Facebook threats

Sedgwick County Courthouse. (Oct. 12, 2011)
Sedgwick County Courthouse. (Oct. 12, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

A man jailed on suspicion of threatening to storm the Sedgwick County Courthouse and attack law enforcement officers could be in court on criminal charges as early as Tuesday.

Authorities arrested Samuel McCrory on Thursday in response to Facebook posts from the 22-year-old that asked whether it was “out of line to storm the courthouse” and suggested the “only way to defend yourself from a cop is to kill the cop” if a guilty verdict came down in the felony murder trial of Kyler Carriker.

McCrory is also thought to be the man who prompted multiple complaints for openly carrying an assault rifle, handgun and ax in downtown Wichita over the past year.

Law enforcement officials plan to present their case against McCrory to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday morning, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the office.

After that, prosecutors will decide whether and with what counts to charge McCrory. He is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated criminal threat and three instances of criminally possessing a firearm.

If McCrory is charged, as expected, he could make a first appearance in court by Tuesday afternoon. A judge would advise him of the counts filed against him and possibly appoint an attorney, as well as set a bond amount and the next hearing date.

McCrory, The Eagle reported Friday, was illegally carrying and in possession of firearms when he was arrested Thursday at an apartment complex at 2323 N. Woodlawn. A felony conviction for aggravated battery in 2008 when he was 15 bars him from possessing a firearm for 10 years. The victim was his mother, according to court records.

McCrory was arrested with a handgun in his waistband, and authorities found a rifle and a shotgun at his home, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter told The Eagle last week.

He also said that local authorities were unaware of McCrory’s criminal history until learning during a police interview that McCrory was from Sterling, which prompted a check of Rice County records.

Investigators, he said, will be going through 911 archives through at least July 2014 to determine all of the times people reported seeing a man with a gun in downtown Wichita and looking through surveillance video to corroborate the reports.

Authorities had told callers that the armed man wasn’t breaking the law because legislation that went into effect July 1, 2014, legalized the open carrying of firearms.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Lin Dehning said Monday that Easter would not comment further on the case.

Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle

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