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An Ohio man was arrested and charged with online harassment after he allegedly threatened to attack a Jewish community center, according to a local sheriff’s office.
James Reardon, 20, was being held on a $250,000 bond at the expense of increased menacing and telecommunications harassment, Sgt. Scott Wilson with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
Reardon, was arrested around 11:35 a.m. Friday at his home in New Middletown, Ohio, about an hour and a half from Cleveland, and in connection with the online threat to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of slippery rock, brian Wilson, told Fox News.
James Reardon, 20, was arrested in connection with an online threat to the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown, according to a sergeant with The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
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New Middletown police chief Vincent D’egidio said in a video posted on Instagram last month showing a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle, with the sirens and the screams in the background, with a caption, or tag, that is a serious threat to the JCC of Youngstown, WKBN-TV reported.
Investigators later linked the Instagram account to Reardon, the news station added.
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The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at a town called home on Friday and confiscated several semi-automatic weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, body armor and a gas mask, according to the television station.
The investigators also allegedly found what they described as an anti-Semite and white nationalist propaganda.
James Reardon, 20, was being held on $ 250,000 bond at the expense of increased menacing and telecommunications harassment.
(Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office)
“With hate crimes and everything else going on, and we want to make sure that we are doing our part to make sure we did our part to make sure that the person has been taken off the streets very, very quickly,” D’egidio said.
The Extra security at the Jewish Community Center since the investigation began and will remain there “for some time”, the tv station reported, citing police.
“I would like to emphasize that we do not know of any other threats to the Jewish Community, or at one of our offices at this point in time. However, I have indicated that we will take care of the extra level of security for the foreseeable future,” Andy Lipkin, the executive vice-president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, said in a statement.
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He added, “It’s a positive result, it is a clear example of the importance of monitoring social media to identify and believable, hate-fueled threats before they are acted upon.”
It was not immediately known if the FBI will pursue federal charges.