BARSTOW — A fake Facebook post led to the arrest of two men after they allegedly threatened another man at gunpoint over the post late Tuesday, police said.

Joshua McKay Morton, 30, and Kyle Ray Edmond Axe, 31, both of Barstow, were arrested after the incident, which began at the AMPM gas station in the 100 block of Montara Road just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Barstow Police Department officials said Morton and Axe reportedly threatened a man at gunpoint, claiming he was a “sexual predator,” which the victim believed was based on a fake Facebook post about him.

Officers responded to the area of Del Mar Avenue and Young Street after receiving reports of an assault. The victim said he was at the AMPM gas station when two men, later identified as Morton and Axe, approached his vehicle. Police said one of them pointed a silver handgun at the victim while the other told him to “leave town.”

“One of the males claimed that they believed the victim was a sexual predator from Las Vegas who was attempting to lure local children into his vehicle,” police said.

The victim told officers that the allegation is based on a Facebook post that had been made about him when he arrived in town. The allegation had already been investigated prior to Tuesday’s incident and was found to be unsubstantiated, police said.

After the assault, the victim then followed Morton and Axe while contacting police. He was able to tell officers that the pair went into a home in the 300 block of Del Mar Avenue. Officers found the men, who were positively identified as the suspects by the victim.

A search of the home turned up a loaded silver handgun and a rifle. The victim identified the handgun as the firearm used in the assault, police said.

Morton and Axe were both arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and conspiracy to commit a crime. They were booked into the Adelanto Detention Center, where they both remain in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail, booking records show.

Both men were scheduled to appear in court at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, but court records didn't show any further updates as of Wednesday evening.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Colleoc at the Barstow Police Department at 760-255-5180. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.