His arrest is on suspicion of involvement in local bank robberies.
Just two days before the most successful San Diego Pride to date, a man reportedly called organizers threatening to "kill all the gays and the children” at the event.
The suspect, Andre Lafayette Holmes, was later caught by authorities after they connected him to the threats and subsequently three San Diego bank robberies which occurred between 2016 to 2019.
Holmes was identified by the FBI after he contacted Pride on July 10, 2019. He allegedly made two phone calls to Pride organizers. In the first he said:
“I think I’m going to have to kill all the gays and the children. I’m going to have to kill the f------ and children.” The Attorney's Office in their release uses dashes to censor the word, so it is unclear if Holmes used a homophobic slur.
According to ABC 10 Holmes did not give his name when asked, instead, he doubled-down on the threats. “I don’t like them” he replied, referring to gay people, “I hate the f------."
In the second phone call a few minutes later, Holmes reportedly said, “F--- Donald Trump. I hate Hillary. I hate f---. I’m going to shoot up the Pride event.”
The San Diego Police Department was able to track the calls back to Holmes near Miramar College.
A search of his home and car revealed evidence that Holmes may be linked to the bank robberies including one at the California Bank and Trust on Fifth Avenue, in Hillcrest on June 28, 2019.
Police found a semi-automatic pistol, a mask, and a large bag of cash in the suspect's car.
The Attorney's press release says they "are evaluating further charges for Holmes’ threats to the San Diego Pride Parade."
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reached out to Pride and are awaiting a statement.