‘I hate you all so much’ Cape Cod man accused of threatening Facebook to shoot school


A Hyannis man is being held on high bail accused of making a serious threat to shoot at a school and prosecutors say Justin Moreira knows exactly why police came knocking on the door of his mother’s house, where he was was locked in his basement room.

“Is this my article about the shooting of a school?” Moreira allegedly told officers while being escorted to a cruiser, according to a prosecutor in court on Tuesday.

Moreira was arrested on Saturday. Police responded to his home after a woman contacted them about a Facebook post she had seen attributed to Moreira.

Cape Cod man charged with threatening school shooting

That message, according to the prosecutor, read, “I hate you all so much. If you see me on the news for a school shooting, 57 students and teachers injured, or one pops up and never gets resolved, don’t be surprised.

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The prosecutor said that when the officers went to Moreira’s home, they were met by her mother who led them to her locked bedroom in the basement and Moreria refused to come out. After the door was unlocked by another family member, the prosecutor said officers struggled with Moreira, and “he was thrown to the ground and handcuffed.”

Moreira allegedly told officers while placed in a cruiser that he “just wanted to scare people and that was a mistake. He said he had no intention of shooting at a school,” according to the prosecutor.

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Moreira’s defense attorney told the court that Moreira suffered from drug and alcohol problems. “He tried to find a job but didn’t get one,” Moreira’s lawyer said.

Justin Moreira appears in a Cape Cod courtroom accused of doing

“When you look at what’s posted, I’d say it fits with someone dealing with their own demons – drinking, doing drugs – sitting at their desk and posting something. He doesn’t say killed, he says injured,” the defense attorney told the court.

Prosecutors also detailed Moreira’s criminal past, including a federal conviction and jail time for an ATF case related to possession of a firearm and a suppressor.

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The prosecutor asked for $1 million bail based on his record and previous probation issues, while Moreira’s defense attorney asked for “reasonable bail” and supervision.

The judge decided to set bail for Moreira at $100,000 and ordered GPS tracking for him, and ordered that Moreira cannot use the internet while the case is pending.

He will be back in court at the end of the month.

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