DUBLIN — A Seaside man is being held in federal custody here, pending extradition to Indiana, where he faces charges of repeatedly threatening university officials on the social media platform X, court records show.

Nicholas Wheeler, 27, was charged in federal court March 20, and arrested five days later at his Seaside home in Monterey County. Police say they found six firearms during a search of the property, including one that appeared similar to one Wheeler allegedly posted on X with a selfie, alongside a post that read, “I’m coming back you ain’t gonna like me because I have my mg-m2 machine gun now,” according to the criminal complaint.

At Wheeler’s most recent court hearing, lawyers confirmed he has a psychological evaluation scheduled for later this week. The social media posts cited in the criminal complaint contain explicit threats and racial slurs, but also rantings about how a professor paid $50,000 to have Wheeler assaulted and “sterilized” in his apartment, as well as demands for $500,000.

“I have a full loaded 200 round MG-M2 machine gun. An uzi, an ar15, and a few glocks (sic). I’m gonna have revenge. I went ahead and bought level 4 body armor and a bullet proof helmet,” one post says, according to the complaint. Another allegedly reads, “Save all my tweets. I’ll be on the news in 72hours if I don’t get my money.”

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