Occupy Wall Street protester Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was arrested after making threats to "burn this city down" in Metro.
Tinsley gave an impassioned speech on Tuesday after the protesters' eviction from Zuccotti Park, telling a crowd of his violent intentions.
“On the 17th, mark my words, we’re going to burn this city down,” said Nkrumah Tinsley, 29.
“In a few days, you’re going to see what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy’s.”
Police said that after reading Metro NY and viewing a viral video of Tinsley's rant, they began a city-wide search for him.
"The threat came to the NYPD's attention in part because Metro NY immediately recognized its news significance and published it," Police spokesman Paul Browne said. "We wanted to find him before he could make good on his threats."
Tinsley was recognized by officers at Zuccotti Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and charged with making terroristic threats.
Tinsley is being held on a $75,000 bail and insists he didn't mean what he said earlier this week.
"He had no intention of throwing a molotov cocktail at Macy's," Tinsley's lawyer Pierre Sussman told the Post. "This kind of speech is bluster. It's hyperbole," the lawyer insisted.
Watch a video of Tinsley here: