Police: Conn. Man Threatened To Kill Teen Suspect In Tessa Majors Stabbing

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December 22, 2019 - 12:32 pm
Trevor Spring

Connecticut State Police

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MYSTIC, Conn. (WCBS 880/AP) — A Connecticut man who police say threatened to kill a New York City teen accused of fatally stabbing a Barnard College student has been charged with making a racist threat online.

Trevor Spring, 31, of Mystic, posted the threat Thursday on a Reddit forum about the death of Tessa Majors, according to police.

The 18-year-old student from Charlottesville, Virginia, was repeatedly stabbed in Morningside Park near the college’s campus during a botched robbery on Dec. 11, according to police, who have said three youths were involved. So far, only one has been arrested: a 13-year-old who has not been accused of stabbing Majors.

“I do believe that’s black kids murdered her though,” Spring wrote on Reddit, according to a police report. “That’s the real story. Why don’t you pay attention to that. A black kid 13/14 year old stabbed a white gurl to death for nothing.”

“Time to exterminate the real problem,” Spring also allegedly wrote. “I’m going to search for him myself tonight. Armed and ready to fire. Then the parents are next.”

Forum moderators took down the post, but the New York Police Department’s Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism Unit spotted it, saved a screenshot and alerted Connecticut State Police.

Spring turned himself in Friday and was charged with second-degree threatening, a misdemeanor. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he had a lawyer.

State police said he admitted to writing the post during his lunch break out of anger that Majors died over “pocket change,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

But Spring maintained he had no intention of carrying out the attack. Police say they also determined he didn’t have access to any weapons.

Spring was released on $5,000 bond and ordered to appear Jan. 3 at New London Superior Court.

The NYPD released images of the teen suspect wanted in Majors' murder on Friday.

Majors was remembered at a private memorial in her hometown on Saturday.