A Portage teen was arrested Thursday on a charge of intimidation after
Portage Police said that he posted threats of violence on his Facebook page.
Police identified the teen as Eric L. Rizley, 19, of 3044 Angelina St.
According to police, at 7:41 a.m. the father of one of Rizley’s Facebook
friends arrived on station to report that earlier in the morning he’d read a
status posted by Rizley which “caused (him) great concern in light of recent
events.” That status, posted at 4 a.m.: “Watch out portage people might be
A number of Rizley’s Facebook friends, including his mother, subsequently
responded to that post in an attempt to “calm him down and determine what
exactly he’s talking about,” police said.
Rizley’s “reply to his mother asking him to stop is ‘No seriously imma go on
a rampage’ and then ‘bang bang,’” police said. “When she asks him again to
stop, he replies ‘No this is it I’m bout to flip out.’ An hour later, he
also posted as his status ‘I’m bout to flip out right now.’”
Officers subsequently made contact with Rizley, “who admitted it was the
wrong thing to do but he was angry because, after someone had broken into
his house and stolen a game system and laptop, someone then stole his Beats
headphones,” police said.
Rizley also advised that “he’s a good kid but just isn’t dealing well with
things in his life, and claimed he had no intention of carrying out the
threats,” police said. Rizley “had no answer as to why he didn’t stop
posting them when his mother asked him to.”
Rizley “did offer to go to counseling in lieu of being arrested,” police
Rizley was transported to Porter County Jail.