June 6, 2020

A south Kansas City man has been charged with a felony after posting in social media the suggestion of looting Walmart in Raytown, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Tuesday.

Bryant Lewis, dob: 9/26/2001, faces a felony charge of Making a Terrorist Threat in the First Degree.*

According to court records, an assistant manager at Walmart’s store in Raytown spotted the threat in social media and the alerted the Raytown police. Due to recent looting of Walmarts around the nation, the Raytown store closed early Monday night. Police located the identity of defendant, connecting him to the Facebook posts. Lewis told police he created the Facebook group “Loot Walmart on 350” as a joke, due to the protests. He also responded to individuals commenting in the group that he was serious about his posts.

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.