Police: Suspect Planned ‘Mass Casualty Event’ At Cybertruck Launch

Billionaire Elon Musk has come under fire from a variety of sources in recent months, including allegations of antisemitism that have prompted advertisers to abandon X, the social media platform he acquired last year when it was called Twitter.

Ahead of the planned rollout of the Cybertruck at a Tesla event, Musk was reportedly the target of an even more serious threat. According to authorities in Travis County, Texas, a 28-year-old suspect shared his plans to stage a terrorist attack at the event late last month.

Paul Ryan Overeem allegedly detailed his plan via grammatically challenged Instagram messages on Nov. 9. The Florida resident, posting under the social media profile “ufotnoitalumis,” expressed a desire to commit the act at the Austin event weeks later, hosted by Musk, Tesla’s CEO.

“But yeah so at teh [sic] Tesla event I’m planning to attach [sic] so up to you guys to stop me … I plan on killing people at that even [sic] ok [sic] November 30th and I would like you do [sic] something about it so I don’t have to,” he wrote in one such message, according to an arrest warrant.

Overeem went on to express suicidal ideations and his rant did not appear to target Musk specifically but rather modern technology on a broader scale.

“I wanna die,” he wrote. “My thoughts haven’t been free for over a year. All the electronics around me.”

Investigators were able to track down the suspect through a phone number associated with the Instagram account. His SUV was reportedly located in Austin ahead of the Tesla event.

Detective Jennifer Borland of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office described the posts as evidence that Overeem was capable of carrying out “his threats of a mass casualty event.”

He was arrested last week — just one day before the Cybertruck launch event — and placed in custody with bail set at $300,000.

According to the affidavit, Overeem had no known ties to Austin aside from his statements regarding the Tesla event. It was unclear from available reports whether he had any weapons in his possession at the time of his arrest.