Threats prompt arrest

Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Troy man was arrested and charged July 13 with making terrorist threats against a police officer.

Javon Keontre Pryor, 20, was arrested during a court hearing on a prior assault first-degree charge.



“He posted some comments on social media on the heels of the police shootings in Dallas, Texas,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr, adding that the comments were posted July 8, the same day five police officers were killed in the Dallas shooting.

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“The comments were posted from Pryor’s account. He specifically called out several officers and employees with the Troy Police Department,” Barr said.

One of the officers named saw the post and shared it with Barr, prompting an investigation.

“It’s a cause for concern in light of everything that is happening today … we don’t take any of that light.”

Bond on terrorist threat charge was set at $50,000. Because of the nature of this charge, Barr said the judge suspended Pryor’s bond on the assault charge pending a revocation hearing. Pryor has been in the Pike County Jail since July 13.

Pryor had previously been charged with assault first degree in the July 2014 shooting that blinded then 17-year-old Jacquerean Marshall of Troy. The incident took place in the 100 block of Aster Avenue.

“In fact, the hearing where we arrested him was a youthful offender hearing in that case,” Barr said, adding that the judge did not grant youthful offender status.

Pryor also had been charged with attempted murder in a December 2015 incident in which shots were fired into an occupied vehicle on Gibbs Street. The incident took place around noon, as multiple shots were fired into a passing vehicle. Another Troy man also has been charged with attempted murder in that incident.