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Cornell's social media posts may have been red flag

Chris Cornell faces felony terror charges. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Butler County Sheriff's Department) Chris Cornell faces felony terror charges. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Butler County Sheriff's Department)
A Facebook post made by Chris Cornell shows anger toward the government. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW) A Facebook post made by Chris Cornell shows anger toward the government. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW)
A Facebook post by Chris Cornell shows anger toward the government. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW) A Facebook post by Chris Cornell shows anger toward the government. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW)
GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Alarming social media posts may have been warning signs that pointed to some of terror suspect Chris Cornell's views on our nation's
government.
 
One 2012 post from Cornell begins with, "We need to overthrow this government," and goes on to read, "We need to bare (sic) arms and take action against these devils."
 
Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday at a local gun shop after buying two AR-15 rifles and 600 rounds of ammo. According to court documents, it was the final step in his elaborate plan to attack the U.S. Capitol Building.
 
"He didn't seem like the type of guy that would plan an attack on the U.S. Capitol. He definitely wasn't that person when we were in high school together," said Giacomo Luca, a former classmate.
 
Giacomo Luca attended Oak Hills High School with Cornell and they were on the wrestling team together. He said he never would have taken these posts that seriously knowing what he knew of Cornell back then.
 
"The fact that someone who was so close to me as a teammate, a fellow student as well. The fact that he got so lost along the way, it just really
shocks me," said Luca.
 
A second online post from Cornell addresses American soldiers, saying, "I see no changes here, things are getting worse if you haven't noticed. If you were smart you'd be taking it to the streets to the Government and Police"
 
"Unfortunately Cornell got very lost some time after his high school career and I just don't think he's a direct reflection of our community," said
Luca.
 
Cornell is currently in the Butler County Jail. He has an evidence hearing set for next Thursday unless he's indicted before then.

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