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Aziz Peter Mettao’s bail set at $20,000

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SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Monday imposed a $20,000 cash bail on Aziz Peter Mettao who was arrested for terroristic threatening and public disturbance.

Mettao, 34, also known as “AJ” or “Ras Tayo,” was arrested by the Department of Public Safety on Friday for posting “a threat of violence toward another human being via video through an online platform.”

On Facebook live, Mettao said: “Y’all about to witness some killing. Criminals do your s***, smoke your rocks! This is payday Friday! Biba devil Biba Satan! That person you want to kill go kill that m**********r.”

Police said there is probable cause to file charges of terroristic threatening and disturbing the peace against Mettao.

Terroristic threatening is punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, and a fine of $10,000 or both while disturbing the peace is punishable by up to six months imprisonment.

At the bail hearing on Monday, Mettao appeared in custody before Judge Govendo who appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent the defendant. Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Mettao was remanded to the custody of Corrections and was ordered to return to court on April 30 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing and on May 4 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

A military veteran, Mettao is a former peer support technician at the Community Guidance Center. He was previously in recovery for drug addiction and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In 2012, he was arrested for setting on fire a local radio station’s service vehicle. He was charged in federal and local courts and was later sentenced for arson. He served a two-year prison term for the federal charge, and a concurrent 20-month prison term for the local charge.

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