FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said 22-year-old Thang Nguyen was arrested July 5 and charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure another person.
He said Nguyen was released to pretrial service but has since disappeared, now a federal warrant has been issued for his arrest.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Nguyen made Facebook posts threatening to stab and shoot his family along with people at Cottonwood Mall.
“I also told you I wasn’t afraid of the police and I could care less if they come because by the time they find me I’ll be long gone,” one of the posts on Facebook read, according to the complaint.
When Albuquerque police found Nguyen he told officers he was angry with his family, the threats against the mall were a “prank” while the other posts were a “cry for help” to get his family’s attention.
Nguyen is described as Asian, 5 foot 10 inches and 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.