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Police: Man admits to making threats to Las Vegas NAACP

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Bradley Austin / Photo: Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. Bradley Austin / Photo: Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Police said after Bradley Austin, 47, was arrested Wednesday morning, he later confirmed he left threatening phone messages on an answering machine at a NAACP office in Las Vegas.

During an interview with Metro Police, Austin confirmed he made threatening statements filled with racial slurs on the voice mail for a local NAACP office, authorities said.

"I'm much happier knowing he's behind bars," NAACP Las Vegas president Roxann McCoy said. "It seems the calls have ceased."

Police initially received information about the threatening messages on Monday.

"He left around eight messages," McCoy said. "[In some of the messages] he was saying things like he had my license plate number and he referenced the fact that he knew we called police."

The voice messages also contained references to white supremacy, statues being taken down across the nation, and dead people being registered to vote for the election.

In a police report, the messages included Austin making a reference to "knocking down the statue of Martin L. King in North Las Vegas," and also mentioning that he went to a gun show and "purchased defense tools." Austin reportedly told authorities his racially charged comments were "sparked by recent assassination threats towards President Trump."

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify Austin as a suspect in the case. Early Wednesday, officers located Austin at a residence in the 1800 block of Tourmaline Blue Street where he was arrested. 

While McCoy was relieved, she said the hatred conveyed in the messages speaks to a larger issue.

"We live in 2017 and we're still having this type of hatred and intimidation in this time," McCoy said. "It's heartbreaking."

Once in custody, Austin requested to give an apology to the NAACP for the calls and statements made. He wrote a handwritten letter stating he was "sorry for offending them," according to police.

Austin was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and faces one felony count of making threats or conveying false information concerning acts of terrorism. 

FOX5 asked Austin for a jailhouse interview but he declined.

Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact the Bolden Area Command Patrol Investigations Section at 702-828-3851.

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