Man sought for police threats arrested

By: By William R. Toler -

SOUTHERN PINES — A man wanted on an outstanding warrant and for reportedly making a vague threat toward law enforcement on social media is behind bars.

The Aberdeen Times reported Tuesday afternoon that 23-year-old Cody Seth Travis, of Pine Lane in Southern Pines,turned himself in.

Travis was wanted on an outstanding warrant for obtaining property by false pretenses, when investigators saw a post on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon they perceived to be threatening.

According to Capt. Charles Cambell of the Southern Pines Police Department, Travis wrote: “Smmfh. Wish I could kill every f—-in cop there is. The(y’re) f—-in useless to the world if you ask me.”

“The manner in which he wrote it was not specific,” Campbell told the Daily Journal on Monday. “Given the national events…it did kinda spark interest.”

Because of Travis’ privacy settings, the Daily Journal could not verify the post.

The post was allegedly made the same day three officers were killed, and three others injured, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The attack was reportedly carried out by former Marine Gavin Long on his 29th birthday, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this month, 12 officers were shot in Dallas, Texas, five fatally. That shooter was identified as Army veteran Micah Johnson.

The shootings were reportedly in response to two recent shootings by law enforcement officers.

According to online records, Travis was booked into the Moore County Detention Center on the obtaining property by false pretenses charge and is being held under a $1 million secured bond.

Campbell Monday the alleged threats were under investigation and any charges will be made in consultation with the District Attorney’s office.

Records with the N.C. Court System show Travis currently has several pending charges including: two felony counts of aiding and abetting obtaining property by false pretenses; one count of misdemeanor larceny; and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing.

He was first convicted in 2011 on a felony charge of possessing stolen goods, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

In 2014, he was given a suspended sentence and 30 months of probation after being convicted on felony charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, selling a Schedule VI controlled substance and delivering or selling a Schedule II controlled substance.

The following year he was sentenced to 36 months of probation on an obtaining property by false pretenses charge.

Anyone with knowledge of Travis’ whereabouts is encouraged to call the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-692-7031 or dial 911.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.


By William R. Toler