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Ohio National Guard member charged for reportedly threatening to fly plane into Anheuser-Busch plant

Court documents show James Meade II made these threats on the social media app, Discord.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The man accused of threatening to fly a plane into the Anheuser-Busch plant in north Columbus is in custody and is expected to be arraigned Thursday. 

James Meade II, 26, is charged with making a terroristic threat to the plant, located on Schrock Road, on social media back in December. 

Court documents state Meade commented on the social media app, Discord, that he wanted to crash a plane into the plant, adding, "I hope they got a terrorism insurance plan the day before." 

Police were alerted to the threat after a woman came across the group chat posts and reported them to law enforcement and the Ohio National Guard.

Meade enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 2017. He was most recently stationed in McConnelsville as an air defense battle management system operator, according to a spokesperson with the Ohio National Guard. 

10TV has reached out to the plant for comment but has not heard back.  

Meade was arrested in Muskingum County and later extradited to the Franklin County Jail. His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday.

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