In wake of bomb threat epidemic Omaha Jewish center fights against hate

The threats, which have all turned out to be false, were among almost 100 called into Jewish institutions since the start of 2017, including the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis.

Someone emailed the threat on Tuesday night, according to St. Louis County Police Sgt. Shawn McGuire. The threats in St. Louis and Boulder came via email; Atlanta's JCC would not comment on the nature of the threat. No one has been arrested in either bomb threat.

The letter goes on to say, because of recent threats in the area, the community center is looking into their own security protocols and is monitoring the situation. The safety and security of our members, staff, and guests is always our top priority.

On March 7 and 8, the Anti-Defamation League's Southeast office in Buckhead was among four ADL offices and at least 17 other Jewish institutions to receive bomb threats by phone or email.

Juan Thompson, 32, is suspected of using social media and telephone calls to threaten Jewish centers and of harassing an ex-girlfriend, who he tried to frame for the threats.

The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies have been investigating the threats, but have yet to charge anyone with committing the vast majority of them.

Court documents indicate Thompson made the bomb threats as part of a plot to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend, who lived in NY. They were reported at JCCs serving Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Houston, Texas.

  • Leroy Wright