Arrest made in bomb threats against Jewish institutions
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 18:57
Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, MO, and is accused of making at least eight of the threats against Jewish Community Centers, officials said. Those threats, though, were made under a woman's name "as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate" her shortly after they ended a romantic relationship, the release said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said soon after she ended their relationship, the woman received emails alleging to be from a friend of Thompson's saying Thompson had been shot and was about to be taken off life support.
Thompson made threats to the Anti-Defamation League's Manhattan headquarters, the Jewish History Museum, a Jewish school and a JCC in Manhattan, authorities said.
Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with bomb threats against Jewish advocacy organizations and other Jewish groups in the United States, a New York City Police Department spokesperson said Friday. He has been indicted on a federal cyberstalking charge, which carries up to five years in prison, although subsequent charges are expected to follow.
The weeks-long wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers in several states reached Long Island on Monday, with a threat being phoned in to the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview.
For example, on February 20, the San Diego JCC received an email that named the victim and her birth date and then said she "hates Jewish people [and] is the head of a ring and put a bomb in the center at [the San Diego JCC's address] to kill as many Jews asap". In October, he allegedly accused her falsely of possessing children pornography.
Thompson allegedly sent defamatory emails and faxes to the victim's employer, accusing her of making anti-Semitic social media posts.
"In Maryland, bomb threats have disrupted classroom activities as well as events at Jewish community centers, coupled with the rise of neo-Nazi propaganda", the lawmakers wrote.
The incident played out shortly after the Siegel JCC on Garden of Eden Road in Wilmington, Delaware was evacuated, New Castle County Police said.