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A Glen Cove man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly sent a threatening Facebook message to a police officer after the cop impounded his car, News 12 Long Island reported Feb. 27.

Julian Velasquez, 19, was arrested Wednesday by Glen Cove police detectives and charged with aggravated harassment and menacing.

Authorities said the teen was pulled over in mid-January by a Glen Cove Police patrol officer and issued numerous traffic citations before his vehicle was impounded for not having valid insurance.

Two days later, Velasquez allegedly found the officer on Facebook and privately sent him two “threatening messages” through the social media website, police said in announcing the criminal charges.

In the messages, Velasquez allegedly “bragged that the officer missed finding drugs that were in his car at the time he stopped him,” Det. Lt. John Nagle said. Cops allege Velasquez also made threats against the officer’s safety.

“This is the first case that we have had in Glen Cove whereas an officer was threatened with bodily harm via social media site for performing his duty,” Nagle said.

Velasquez was arraigned at the Glen Cove Court and held on $3,000 bail.



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