A woman who used the social media site Twitter to threaten her ex was arrested in Arizona on Wednesday for posting a fake arrest notice on the social network.
The man who filed the fake notice had posted the original notice online, but police found it in the woman’s home after searching her computer, said police spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.
The woman was released from jail on a $2,000 bond and was not charged with the original crime, Scarpina said.
Twitter said it has blocked the account of the woman.
“We don’t tolerate hate speech or harassment on Twitter.
We take this threat seriously and have taken swift action to remove the user and block the account,” a Twitter spokesperson told Al Jazeera.
The real-life suspect, who is believed to be in his 50s, faces charges of filing a false report, making a false entry in a record, harassment and threatening a person with physical harm, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
A similar case in California involving a woman who claimed she had been sexually assaulted by her ex resurfaced in November after her case was made public.
The alleged victim in that case, who identified herself only as “Lily”, said that she had made a false police report after she and her ex were arrested.
“I was being harassed by police and my boyfriend at the time,” she told reporters at the Time Warner Cable Arena in California.
“When I reported the harassment to the police, they investigated, and they found that it was me.”