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Man who threatened officers vowed 'the crime of the century'
Oct 31, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Court documents have revealed the contents of online threats that a Hudson man reportedly posted last week against area law enforcement and government officials.
In one of the statements, which appeared on Facebook, Steven Ervin, 55, said he was writing from the Riverton Branch Library.
He was arrested without incident Friday afternoon and made his initial appearance in court Thursday in Carbon County.
Officials said he had specifically mentioned the Carbon County Sheriff's Office and Rawlins Police Department in his alleged threats.
His bond was set at $100,000 cash.
Ervin already is on probation for simple battery, and in 2007 he was sentenced to 18-54 months in jail for robbery in Carbon County.
Sgt. Derrek Craig of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office said Ervin seems to have held a grudge against the officials involved in the 2007 case.
"It appears that Mr. Ervin has a vendetta against these people and all court officials and law enforcement in general," Craig wrote in an affidavit filed last week.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, Ervin posted several statements on Facebook that were threatening toward law enforcement, court officials and Wyoming Department of Corrections employees. His messages included phrases including "I'm (going to) kill all you," and, "... my network of associates within 48 hours will do something so drastic..."
He continued, "I'm at the Riverton library as I type these words. When I leave here in five minutes my associates and I are about to unlease (sic) the crime of the century..."
Later, he indicated he already had committed a crime "guaranteed to get me nation wide coverage."
Ervin addressed Carbon County law enforcement in another part of the post, writing, "Nothing is going to protect you from the smackdown..." He referenced the "poor citizens of Rawlins" and said he would make an "example" out of officers in that area.
"In 48 hours I can guarantee anybody and everybody on my friend list is gonna (sic) be investigated by the FBI and all those three letter entities to try to put together what made me snap," he wrote.
Craig said Ervin's posts were viewed and were available for download in Carbon County.
"(They) were immediately of concern to all of Carbon County law enforcement, prosecution, court officials, judges and Department of Corrections employees," Craig wrote.
As a result of the threats, Wyoming Probation and Parole asked the Fremont County Sheriff's Office to arrest and hold Ervin. A K-9 unit was called to search for explosives at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander, and the Riverton and Lander branches of the Wyoming Department of Corrections closed early on Friday as a precautionary measure.
Nothing out of the ordinary was found in the local courthouse.
The threatening incident is being investigated by the Wyoming Probation and Parole office and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.
Ervin's preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.