‘Kidd Cole’ Arrested: ‘Catfish’ Con Reportedly Made Terrorist Threats
Officials in Washington, D.C., confirmed “Kidd Cole” was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats. According to reports, the reality T.V. participant made a total of 11 threatening phone calls to authorities in the last five months. Although the threats were determined to be “wholly false,” Cole reportedly threatened several locations, including the White House.
“Kidd Cole,” whose real name is Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, appeared in a 2014 episode of MTV’s reality-based series Catfish.
“Catfishing” is the practice of misrepresenting oneself online, using false photos and/or inaccurate biographical information, to enter into a fraudulent relationship.
The reality-based program features potential victims, who are unsure whether they are involved in a legitimate online relationship or a catfish scheme.
As reported by NBC 4, Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman was investigated by the program’s producers as potential catfish.
In the Season 3 episode, Stone-Coleman posed as a “well-known rapper” named “Kidd Cole” in an attempt to gain money from his unsuspecting victim.
Although Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman’s fraud was eventually exposed, his victim lost thousands of dollars. Less than one year later, the 20-year-old man reportedly made several terrorist threats.
Following “Kidd Cole’s” arrest, authorities confirmed the suspect made 11 calls to 911, in which he threatened President Barack Obama’s motorcade, a Metrobus, McPherson Square Metro station, the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and the White House.
Remember D.C. Catfish Kidd Cole? He’s now in Metro Transit Police custody after making terror threats against Metro. pic.twitter.com/ixO4FukcQu
— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) May 27, 2015
During one of the calls, Stone-Coleman reportedly demanded $15 million in ransom for a hostage situation that had yet to occur. Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said the threats were unfounded. However, terrorist threats are a serious crime.
“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees… This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”
In 2014, “Kidd Cole” was arrested and charged with defrauding administrators at Virginia Commonwealth University. According to reports, Stone-Coleman accepted money for arranging a Big Sean concert that never occurred.
#breaking Reality TV star “Kidd Cole” arrested for terror threats against Metro http://t.co/HCRAFTotOF #Catfish pic.twitter.com/C2DB9SgeJw
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5newsdc) May 27, 2015
Prior to the trial, the defendant’s attorney raised questions about his client’s mental competency. However, Stone-Coleman eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a suspended sentence.
Authorities confirmed “Kidd Cole” was arrested again on Wednesday at his southwest Washington, D.C., home. It is unclear whether Stone-Coleman has legal representation or if a judge has set bail.
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