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EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) -

Eagan police say officers responding to a report of loud music ended up arresting a man making repeated references to "the Joker" and the Colorado theater shooting, telling police he understands the shooter's motives and would embark on his own rampage.

At 6:13 p.m. on July 31, officers responding to the scene on the 4000 block of Ridge Cliff Drive found 56-year-old Thomas Michael Casper standing in his neighbor's driveway.

Once identifying Casper, police learned he had an active misdemeanor warrant out of Dakota County and they placed him under arrest. Police said he voluntarily put his hands behind his back as the officer put him in handcuffs; however, he became agitated and started cursing as he approached the squad car.

Officers say while he was being escorted, he began making reference to "the Joker" and the shooting suspect facing trial for the shooting in Aurora, Colo.

As Casper was being put inside the squad, he told police he was "the Joker" and shouted "I'm coming back. You guys are done!" at his neighbors.

While he was being taken to the Dakota County Jail, Casper kept referencing "the Joker." Soon, he began making threats toward the officers, saying, "I'm such a criminal. I should be the Joker. If I had a gun, I would kill you."

Casper then told officers he should have dyed his hair orange, and he wavered between asking them to let him go and urging them to keep him in custody.

Casper said, "My home is in foreclosure. I have been kicked out of my house. What else can go wrong? It doesn't matter. I wouldn't own a gun, but if I did, I would do what Holmes did. I would blow people away. Put me in jail for the rest of my life, I don't care. Put me in jail with criminals. I grab them by the throat and kill them."

Police said they believe Casper's threats are genuine, saying that he would attempt to carry out some of the threats against his neighbors and officers.

"You better not let me go, or I'll go after the neighbors," Casper told officers while in custody. "I don't own a weapon, but I'll come after you f------ and I'll shoot you. I can understand why Holmes does it. Let me have your gun, I'll shoot in the f------ head. I'll find you sometime."

Casper repeatedly told officers that he has nothing going for him anymore now that his home is in foreclosure.

Casper is being held in the Dakota County Jail on $80,000 bail as he awaits charges of terroristic threats.

Police say Casper has a lengthy criminal history including six DUIs, four disorderly conduct charges and several noise violations. If convicted of making terroristic threats, he faces up to a year in jail.

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