Shortly before his arrest a Twitter account claiming to be Tyler Barriss claimed to calling in the Net Neutrality bomb threat
The Twitter handle @GoredTutor36 claimed to be Barriss and has not been active since his arrest on December 29
Barriss is being held in Los Angeles where he faces the possibility of extradition to Kansas
It is said Barriss placed a fake call to the Wichita, Kansas 911 dispatch claiming to have killed his father and taken hostages
Wichita Police responded and killed unarmed 28-year-old Andrew Finch
Shortly before his arrest on December 29, a Twitter user claiming to be Tyler Barriss Direct Messaged The Daily Haze on Twitter suggesting he was responsible for the bomb threat made against the FCC during the Net Neutrality vote. A claim he also made in tweets on the day of the vote.
Barriss is accused of making a fake 911 call to the Wichita Police Department after he called 911 and stated he had just killed his father and was holding his family hostage at gunpoint.
In response to the hostage call, the WPD arrived at the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Finch had nothing to do with the online altercation, but his address was given to Barriss. An officer shot and killed Finch during the incident after he opened the door to see what the commotion was outside.
Following Finch’s death, Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles on December 29 on suspicion of making the call to Wichita police. According to Los Angeles police officer Mike Lopez, Barriss is being held without bail while waiting for court.
Once in court, Barriss will be served the arrest warrant from the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and given a chance for a court-appointed attorney. Barriss will be given the opportunity to waive extradition and come back to Kansas, or contest.
If Barriss waives extradition he will be brought to Kansas in the following days. Should he decide to contest it, the State of Kansas will be required to send more paperwork and the extradition process could take weeks.
The Daily Haze was in contact with Barriss up to the point of the arrest on December 29 through one of his Twitter accounts, @GoredTutor36. In the conversation, Barriss stated he wanted to talk to the family and gave a brief look into his past.
When told we would like to hear his side of the story, Barriss responded “Here’s my story,” and sent a screenshot of a conversation he had with the intended target of Thursday’s swat. The screenshot read, “Please try some shit. I’ll be waiting. 1033 w McCormick st Wichita Kansas 67217. I’ll have you in prison for 5 years buddy Casey already gave me all the proof I need bahahahah. Hello pussy bitch say something.”
When questioned why the address was sent to him, he clarified the sender was “taunting” him. Barriss claimed there “have been times” when he was paid for swatting, but “this was different.”
Barriss claimed he learned of swatting after he was swatted. When asked the turnout of his swatting, Barriss responded, “Well, I didn’t die.” Throughout the entire conversation, Barriss had a very cold and callous response to the murder he was partly responsible for.
TDH asked Barriss if he was responsible for the Net Neutrality bomb threat due to tweets he had sent out on December 13, to which he responded, “Its a relatively safe bet.” That was the last response received from Barriss on the evening of his arrest.
After his arrest, it was reported Barriss has a history of making bomb threats. In 2015, Barriss was arrested for making false bomb threats to ABC7 News in Glendale, California. The calls occurred on September 30 and October 9.
On October 13, 2015, police searched Barriss’ grandmother’s house where he was staying. There was no evidence recovered to make police believe Barriss was going to follow through on the threat.
Barriss was charged with two felony counts of making a false report of a bomb to an agency or business, one felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Barriss threatened a relative to keep them from reporting the bomb threats.
In 2016, Barriss was convicted on two counts of making bomb threats. Barriss was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served. In January and August, Barriss was convicted of violating protective orders. He was sentenced to 364 days in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.