Egan, Minn., police arrested Thomas Michael Casper, 56, at 6 p.m. on July 31, 2012, after responding to a call from neighbors about loud music. Casper, who was standing in his neighbor’s driveway, had an outstanding warrant in Dakota County and was immediately taken into custody. According to police he voluntarily put his hands behind his back for cuffing, but began resisting when they began moving him towards the squad car. That’s when things became disturbing. According to reports, Casper became agitated and started ranting that he was “the joker,” and, at his neighbors, “I’m coming back. You guys are done!” He allegedly threatened officers the whole ride to the jail with tirades like, “I’m such a criminal. I should be the Joker. If I had a gun, I would kill you. I should have dyed my hair orange. Let me out. I’ll kill you. My home is in foreclosure. I have been kicked out of my house. What else can go wrong? It doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t own a gun but if I did I would do what Holmes did. I would blow people away. Put me in jail for the rest of my life, I don’t care. Put me in jail with criminals. I grab them by the throat and kill them.” In another rant he reportedly said, “You better not let me go, or I’ll go after the neighbors. … I don’t own a weapon, but I’ll come after you f**kers and I’ll shoot you. I can understand why Holmes does it. Let me have your gun, I’ll shoot in the f**king head. I’ll find you sometime.”
Casper expressed empathy for Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes who recently killed 12 people at a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises, and wounded 58 others. Casper vacillated between wanting to be released, and wanting to be kept in custody so he wouldn’t harm anybody. Police believe his despair is genuine and that he would follow through on his threats. Casper, who is no stranger to law enforcement, is currently being held in the Dakota County Jail on $80,000 for one count of making terroristic threats. He has a police record, which includes six DUIs, four disorderly conduct charges and several noise violations. If convicted Casper faces up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.