Pa. police: Teen nabbed for posts about shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia teenager is accused of posting nonpublic information about a 2012 shooting on his Twitter feed.

The information wound up on an Instagram account that is also facing scrutiny for divulging information about crime witnesses.

A police spokeswoman said Wednesday the 17-year-old was taken into custody and charged with witness intimidation and terrorist threats.

The intimidation and terroristic threat charges Tuesday comes as investigators examine how a now-shuttered Instagram account titled "rats215," a reference to Philadelphia's area code, came to feature affidavits and photos of victims and witnesses in criminal cases.

Police are investigating if there is a connection between the two separate social media accounts.

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