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Forum staff reports, Published March 26 2013

Police say fired Fargo man threatened on Facebook to burn bosses’ house

FARGO – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fargo man who is charged in Cass County District Court with posting messages on Facebook asking someone to burn down the house of the bosses who had just fired him.

Court documents filed Friday say Cass Mortenson, who is 35 or 36, was fired from O’Leary’s Pub on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. for overstating the number of hours he worked at the bar.

Two days after he was fired, the owners of the pubs in Moorhead and West Fargo, Michael and Karyl O’Leary of Mesa, Ariz., received screen shots showing Mortenson’s Facebook page with a picture of a past ex-manager burning an “O’Leary’s” shirt, police allege in the charges.

According to court records, the post included a message from Mortenson saying, “they fired me jefe…can you drive over to Mesa and burn their house down? I’ll give you the address…”

Police allege in the complaint that in a post on that thread, a friend of Mortenson wrote, “Cass lemme know address.”

The O’Learys told police they were terrified the fired worker would burn down their home, as he’d also been talking about visiting them in Arizona in the past, court records claim. They asked local authorities in Arizona for extra patrols near their home.

Mortenson is charged with a single count of terrorizing, a Class C felony.