Yuttana Choochongkol of San Antonio, Texas is in police custody after being arrested for allegedly making a terroristic threat to the public. According to a police affidavit obtained by San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT, Choochongkol threatened to kill himself as well as players and fans multiple times.
The affidavit states Pittsburgh police received a threat from Choochongkol stating the following:
“This Sunday’s playoff game in Pittsburgh is going to be like no other. Why? Because it’s going to be my last day on this pathetic planet. So why not take some innocent lives with me? The Steelers game will be packed, and that's when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life. After all, what does a person that is going to commit suicide have to lose? Absolutely nothing. So why not take out some million dollar Steelers players before me? Sounds like a good idea. Hahahahahah.”
After security personnel at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Heinz Field stadium received a similar threat, authorities used Choochongkol’s IP address and security camera footage to identify the suspect.
According to the affidavit, Choochonkol has been a subject of clinical trials by World Wide Clinical Trials 25 times since 2011, and he reportedly uploaded at least one of the threats from one of the company's facilities.
If convicted under Pennsylvania law, Choochonkol would likely be subject to a hefty fine at the very least. Under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code, such an act would require “restitution in an amount equal to the cost of the evacuation, including, but not limited to, fire and police response; emergency medical service or emergency preparedness response; and transportation of an individual from the building, place of assembly, or facility.”