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Threat to American soldiers was a hoax

MARIETTA, Ga -- A National Guard soldier was arrested for filing a false report of a threat that took social media by storm and created fear among local military personnel.

Cobb County police said the threat to the lives of soldiers was a hoax.

Brett Downing, 23, of Cumming, filed the alleged report of a terroristic threat against American soldiers on July 21, 2015. Two weeks later he admitted he made it up.

Downing is an information technology specialist with the National Guard.

He claimed he found a note underneath his windshield wiper after he left work at a private company in Marietta. He told police he believed he was targeted in the parking lot of the business because his car has Army Reservist plates.

The type-written note said this:

dear american soldier,

death to you coward women child killer and all of the american military. mohammed will show no mercy on you

attacks will come full force

death is to come to you

According to an arrest warrant obtained by 11 Alive News, Downing was re-interviewed on August 4th. According to the warrant "during the interview he admitted to manufacturing the letter/note and falsely reporting a crime."

At the VFW Post in Marietta, some veterans removed military stickers from their cars after hearing of the threat. Post Commander Tracy Marion said they are angered to learn it was a hoax. "(I'm a) twenty year veteran, retired marine, yes, that would insult me, it does," he said.

Mike Wells said many veterans were unsettled when they first heard about the threatening note. "It did make me concerned for the veterans and our patrons that come to the VFW, that someone would threaten veterans," he said.

Downing filed the false report just five days after five military members were shot to death in Chattanooga.

"I was even more upset but relieved that now we don't have to look over our shoulder as much," Wells said. Wells said he hoped Downing get justice but also help if he needs it.

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