Is Cameron D’Ambrosio a pathetic poseur or is he guilty of making terror threats? On Thursday, the 18-year-old Methuen High School student was arrested for making felony bomb threats based on a Facebook rant that mentioned the White House and the Boston Marathon bombings. Methuen is located in Massachusetts, where the authorities are on edge against potential threats after the deadly bombing on April 15.
The Boston Herald said that the Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney ordered him held without bond until a May 9 dangerousness hearing. Another local media source, The Valley Patriot, said that the bail was set at a million dollars — effectively the same thing for a high school kid.
If convicted of the terror charge, he could potentially face a 20 year prison sentence.
The bomb threat allegedly made by D’Ambrosio was a Facebook posting where he bragged: “F*** a boston bomb wait till u see the s*** I do, I’m be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!”
The self-styled wannabe rapper, who calls himself “Cammy Dee,” also produced a YouTube where he describes his life in the hood.
Here’s a comment from someone who claims to be an acquaintance of Cameron D’Ambrosio:
“Knowing Cam, and I actually do, he definitely wouldn’t do any of the s*** he said. I never really liked him and did think he was kinda a [homophobic slur deleted] but I cant help but feel bad. He doesnt deserve 5 years, let alone 20. You ppl are obviously unaware that his raps are influenced by many of the mainstream rappers on the radio today and although I do believe sooner or later hes going to end up in the state penn, I dont think this is a good reason to throw him in jail.”
I have much the same impression from the video. He strikes me as a bit of a pathetic poseur hoping to get famous from publicity, not a serious threat.
But maybe that’s the problem. Family friend 24-year-old Stephen Cuevas told a Boston Herald reporter that he believes D’Ambrosio lashed out because no one took him seriously: “He was trying to make an image of himself that he’s not. He took it to heart because he’s so serious about wanting to rap.”
The threatening Facebook posting — and indeed Cameron D’Ambrosio’s entire Facebook account — seems to have disappeared. The Valley Patriot said that it revealed D’Ambrosio’s fascination with gangs, Satanism, and violence.
More troubling than some attention-whoring social media posts might be the fact that he has a previous arrest for threatening to stab his sister. But those charges were ultimately dismissed last month.
A rather low quality video of Cameron D’Ambrosio’s rap is still available on YouTube at the time of writing. If you want to watch and see if you feel particularly terrorized, be my guest:
[Cameron D’Ambrosio photo via YouTube]