Columbus man accused of threatening to kill 85 people at gay club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man is in jail after police say he threatened to kill people at a gay club using a social dating app.

The threat had police on high alert near gay bars. NBC4 spoke to the man who received the threat and called police.

On June 16th, 2016, 49 people were murdered inside of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The LGBTQIA community immediately relived the fear from that day when police told them Me’shach Miller made a threat.

David Emerson is a service manager at Union Cafe. He said security was high alert.

“Word spreads fast in this community. It was probably one of the scariest weekends ever knowing there was someone out there who dislike us so much that they wanted to kill us. That’s awful,” said Emerson.

Court records show Miller said in part, he would kill 85 people at a gay club. In that threat was an explicit derogatory term used against homosexuals.

It was a message authorities said he sent to Montrese Hollar, who then contacted police. Police tracked Miller down through the app.

“His response back was completely off the wall. When he mentioned 85 in my community. I’ve been an activist in my community since I was a teenager, and I just couldn’t let that go by,” said Hollar.

AWOL bartender Chris Padilly commends Hallar for going to the police. He thinks the next conversation needs to be security at gay bars throughout the area.

“We do also have other bars across and in the area where I do believe we could probably step it up a little and have people watch out,” said Padilly.

Both he and Emerson see Hollar’s actions as heroic.

“I’m not a victim in this situation, I am not a hero, I’m just a member of the community who doesn’t stand for bullying or the treat of violence and I spoke up about it,” said Hollar.

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