The North Palm Beach teen reportedly threatened a pier attendant when he was told to stop fishing.
JUNO BEACH — Upset at being asked to leave the Juno Beach Pier on Friday night, a teenage fisherman threatened to “shoot up” the pier and its staff, town police records state.
Another fisherman captured a screenshot of the threatening messages 18-year-old Cory Mathew Clemens admitted to sending on Snapchat. Clemens told police he sent three such messages in a group chat with six other people.
On Tuesday, Juno Beach police arrested Clemens on a charge of threatening a mass shooting. He was released Wednesday afternoon from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $5,000 surety bond. A judge ordered he stay away from the pier.
A pier attendant told authorities that the North Palm Beach resident, who regularly fished off the pier, became confrontational shortly before 7 p.m. Friday when the staff told him the pier was closing.
“I’m not leaving,” Clemens reportedly replied. “This is my life.”
He continued fishing and ignored the attendant. The teen later told the man, “I’ll beat the (expletive) out of you if you get in my face again.”
The attendant told a supervisor that Clemens should be banned from the pier.
The next afternoon, Clemens returned and walked onto the pier without paying the $4 fishing fee. Police were called and issued him a trespass warning.
On Sunday, a fisherman showed the pier attendant a screenshot of Clemens’ Snapchat message saying he would be “shooting up the pier.”
On Tuesday, police went to Clemens’ North Palm Beach home and he agreed to be interviewed. He was arrested that evening.
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In the arrest report, police noted that about 200 people visit the pier each day. Tim Hannon, chief operating officer for Loggerhead Marinelife Center, told police he was concerned about the threats.
Juno Beach police had extra patrols on the pier until when Clemens was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Major Paul Fertig said.
A Loggerhead spokesman confirmed that employees had an issue with someone, adding that staff followed protocol by contacting police.
The center declined to comment further, referring questions to town police.
From March through October, the pier closes at sunset. Between November and February, though, the pier is open until at least 10 p.m., according to Loggerhead Marine Life Center’s website.