Suspect Who Threatened to Kill Yuma Officers is Arrested
Yuma Police Department recently conducted an undercover operation to catch traffic violators. A police sergeant stood at a busy intersection with a sign and a camera, and captured people committing traffic violations. Alexander Bodine was so upset that officers would dare to enforce traffic laws, he used a social media account set up with a fake name in order to threaten to kill police. You really have to know what you are doing to be truly anonymous on the internet, and Bodine is no rocket scientist. Police identified him and captured him.
Yuma Sun reports:
Having received numerous complaints from the community about red-light violations and other traffic infractions at the intersection of 16th Street and 4th Avenue, the Yuma Police Department’s Traffic Unit organized a detail Thursday morning to enforce traffic laws at the busy intersection.
“The intersection is under construction and traffic is really heavy there,” said Sgt. Lori Franklin, a spokesman for the Yuma Police Department. “It is hectic and people are ignoring traffic signals to try and get through it as quick as possible.”
As part of the detail a Yuma police sergeant stood at the intersection of 16th Street and 4th Avenue in plain clothes, holding a sign and a camera to capture video of the violations.
Franklin said when a traffic violation occurred, a nearby fully marked motorcycle officer was notified via radio and performed the traffic stop. The enforcement detail then moved to 24th Street and 4th Avenue.
Franklin said while the detail was being conducted many residents took to social media to notify others of the undercover officer’s presence. The majority of the comments were positive in nature and praised YPD for taking enforcement action and using such a creative method.
“The traffic unit came up with the idea,” Franklin said.
There were some negative posts, however, with one person posting to “kill” the officer.
According to a press release from the Yuma Police Department, Alexander Bodine made comments on social media to kill the Yuma Police Officer who was working in an undercover capacity during a traffic enforcement detail. This officer was standing in the open on a street corner in plain clothes.
Bodine was using a fake account but was identified through an elaborate investigation. He was contacted at his residence, taken into custody and later booked into the Yuma County Jail.
Municipal Judge Jeanette Umphress set a $2,500 bond for Alexander Bodine during a brief hearing in Yuma Municipal Court.
Bodine, who appeared via-video feed from the county jail also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of threatening and intimidating.
Sentencing was set for 8:30 a.m. on July 7. Judge Umphress also scheduled a bond review hearing for 8:30 a.m. on June 27 in case Bodine is unable to post bail.
Great job to Yuma Police Department for capturing this clown.