A St. Louis Park man has been charged with threatening a Minneapolis police officer by posting a photo of a tattoo on Facebook that specifically targets that officer.
Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, is charged with making terroristic threats for the benefit of a gang, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Minneapolis police learned on Oct. 30 that Jenkins, a member of the Bloods street gang, had posted a picture on his Facebook page of a tattoo on his left bicep, according to the criminal complaint, signed by Minneapolis Police Lt. Michael Fossum.
The tattoo depicts a person holding a semi-automatic handgun, with the barrel of the gun partially in the mouth of a pig. The pig is wearing a police hat and uniform with a patch on the right shoulder with a police badge number and a nameplate under the patch with the first initial and last name of a Minneapolis police officer who is part of the department’s gang investigation team.
Below the name are the words “[Expletive] the police,” according to the complaint.
Investigators noted that 18 people had clicked “like” on Jenkins’ photo.
Jenkins also posted a Facebook message that described his tattoo as “a pig get’n his brains blew out,” according to the complaint.
The officer interpreted Jenkins’ Facebook posting as a “direct threat on his life,” the complaint says.
“[Police are] aware that the Bloods street gang has an extensive network of members … who are known to employ violence on behalf of their fellow members,” Fossum’s complaint says.
Police investigated a report on Sept. 30 of graffiti found in an apartment commonly used by members of the Bloods, depicting a penis with an epithet and the officer’s name.
Officers also intercepted a prison call from Jenkins in which he bragged to another member of the Bloods about his tattoo, according to the complaint.
Jenkins’ criminal record includes a 2009 conviction for aggravated first-degree robbery.
Jenkins remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $60,000 bond, and is also being detained on a Department of Corrections hold for a possible probation violation. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Dec. 12 in Hennepin County District Court.