08/17/2011 03:52 EDT | Updated 10/17/2011 05:12 EDT

'David Mabus' Arrested By Montreal Police Over Online Death Threats


MONTREAL - Montreal police say they've made an arrest in a case involving alleged threats made for nearly 20 years against atheists and secular scientists around the world.

In a curt news release, they say they've arrested a suspect but have few other details.

Police started investigating the online activity of a Montreal man following a deluge of complaints from around the world about his alleged habit of threatening people online.

More than 3,000 people signed a petition calling on police to investigate reports of death threats against atheists and secularists.

Some people allegedly being threatened said the Montrealer, who goes by the online moniker "David Mabus" among a number pseudonyms, has been at it for nearly two decades.