ELLSWORTH – A pair of juveniles arrested by Ellsworth police Thursday night are facing charges connected with allegedly making online terrorizing threats.
Ellsworth police Capt. Troy Bires said the threats were reported Wednesday. He said a 14-year-old Ellsworth boy and a 16-year-old Brewer boy initially were charged with conspiracy to commit murder based on an investigation into alleged threats made in a social media chat room.
Following a court hearing Friday morning, those charges were changed.
The 14-year-old, who is a student at Ellsworth High School, is now under house arrest and charged with solicitation to commit murder as well as terrorizing.
The 16-year-old is charged with suspicion of terrorizing. He has been released into his grandparents’ custody.
“We’ve been coordinating with the high school, just trying to get a handle on it, to make sure everybody’s aware of it. And word’s getting out for parents to keep an eye their child’s social media, what they’re talking about. And who they’re talking to,” Bires said.
According to Bires, the investigation remains open and further charges and arrests could be filed.