Florida man arrested after making threat to Walmart on Facebook

Man appears to believe in white supremacist ideology

A local man is arrested for making threats online, warning people not to go to Walmart.

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested a man who they say made threats on social media.

Richard D. Clayton, 26, of Winter Park, was arrested Friday after he posted threats to kill or do bodily harm on Facebook.

According to officials, the investigation began Tuesday after Clayton made a threat on Facebook saying: "3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don't go to Walmart next week."

Investigators told News 6 they were unsure if Clayton was referencing a specific Walmart location.

"Investigators say Clayton appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts," officials said in a news release.

The arrest came after a joint investigation by the FDLE, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Winter Park Police Department.

Clayton was arrested at his parents' Winter Park home Friday evening. Winter Park police detailed how Clayton was uncooperative and belligerent during the arrest, at one point telling an officer: "Officer, I hope that the next call you go to, you get blown away and killed. God, I pray that happens."

Court paperwork details how Clayton repeatedly asked an officer if he was Hispanic and that "they are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything."

At one point, Clayton repeatedly asked an officer if he was a Nazi, then proceeded to expose himself and threatened to urinate in the police car. After an officer told Clayton he was not Hispanic, Clayton replied, "OK, well then, I guess I won't pee in your car, then."

Clayton was booked into the Orange County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit.

Through court paperwork, News 6 has uncovered why Clayton's guns were no longer in his possession. During St. Patrick's Day weekend in 2018, Clayton was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Documents detailed how Clayton ended up pleading no contest to the DUI misdemeanor charge, and because of that case, a judge ordered Clayton to not possess any firearms while he was on probation for one year.

During that probation period, paperwork shows Clayton was arrested in Pinellas County last September after deputies said they had to stop the Clearwater Super Boat Race because Clayton was drunk and swam naked in the middle of it.

Clayton made his first court appearance Saturday, where a judge reduced his bail from $25,000 to $15,000 on the condition that he stay 1,000 feet from any Walmart.

About the Author:

It has been an absolute pleasure for Clay LePard living and working in Orlando since he joined News 6 in July 2017. Previously, Clay worked at WNEP TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he brought viewers along to witness everything from unprecedented access to the Tobyhanna Army Depot to an interview with convicted double-murderer Hugo Selenski.