Columbus man charged after alleged threat to kill dozens at gay club


COLUMBUS – A 27-year-old Columbus man is facing charges after police say he threatened to kill people at a gay club over the weekend.

According to Municipal Court paperwork, Me’Schach D. Israel-Miller sent a message threatening to “kill 85 [expletive] at a gay club.”

Israel-Miller faces misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

According to the court paperwork, police were able to determine that Israel-Miller used a social media account known as Grindr to make the threat on March 1.

Police were able to obtain photos of Israel-Miller and trace those back to his Facebook account, which led back to his home, where they located the suspect.

According to court documents, Israel-Miller admitted that he uses the Grindr app and he positively identified the profile photo as being his.

Sgt. Nick Konves, CPD's LGBT Diversity/Inclusion Liaison, says he will be reaching out to the prosecutor's office to look at the filing of the Columbus hate crime statute.

"The LGBT community asked that I express their appreciation for the extra resources from Zones 4 & 5 that were placed in the Short North this weekend due to the threat," said Sgt. Konves.

Israel-Miller will be arraigned March 8.

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