A man who appeared in an episode of MTV’s reality series “Catfish” was arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on charges of making false terrorist threats against the city’s public transportation systems, including its subway. “Kidd Cole,” whose real name is Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, has been accused of falsely reporting several bomb threats and hostage situations at Metro stations, trains and buses, many of which disrupted transit service.
Authorities said Stone-Coleman made 11 such calls to Metro Transit Police between December 2014 and May 12, 2015, and “knowingly [conveyed] false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to engage in terrorist attacks or other violence against mass transportation systems,” according to court documents obtained by CBS DC. In one such call, Stone-Coleman said he and his friends had taken several bus passengers hostage and that they would be killed if authorities didn’t pay them $15 million. All of the calls prompted an emergency response. None of the threats proved to be true, according to CBS DC.
In one call, Stone-Coleman allegedly told authorities that people from France were coming to ambush President Barack Obama’s motorcade. Authorities reportedly identified Stone-Coleman through cell phone records and surveillance footage. They issued a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday. He was arrested Wednesday at his southeast Washington home.
"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," Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a statement, according to NBC Washington.
Stone-Coleman appeared in a May 2014 episode of “Catfish” as “Kidd Cole.” He apparently conned a woman named Lucille into paying for his fake trip to D.C. He even made up a backstory about being signed to Kanye West’s music label. The MTV show centers on false identifies and online dating and often features people who make fake social media profiles to trick unsuspecting romance seekers.