Man Arrested for Threatening Killings at Howard University

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John Edgar Rust


An Alexandria, Virginia, man has been arrested nearly two years after police say he threatened to murder African Americans at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

John Edgar Rust, 24, has been charged and faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison if he’s convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday. Rust is a previously convicted felon, the office said. According to the Virginia sex offender registry, Rust was convicted of indecent liberties with child by custodian and aggravated sexual battery in 2012.

On Nov. 11, 2015, the threat was posted on the website 4Chan, which allows users to post anonymously. The post spewed racial slurs and threatened to murder African Americans. According to an FBI affidavit, Rust concluded the threat by saying “After all, it’s not murder if they’re black.”


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