Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

OH man arrested over threats to shoot up Jewish community center

OH man arrested over threats to shoot up Jewish community center

According to Andy Lipkin, the executive vice-president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, the post was accompanied by a caption that read, "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon".

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force raided Reardon's mother's home on Friday and police seized a cache of weapons, including: the two semi-automatic rifles, a rifle with a bayonet, a.40 caliber anti-tank gun, knives, several magazines, 223 rounds of ammunition, a gas mask and a bullerproof vest. Police also found white nationalist and anti-Semitic imagery in his home.

James Patrick Reardon, 20, was arrested Saturday by the New Middletown Police Department and was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on one count of telecommunications harassment with the goal to abuse, threaten or annoy and one count of aggravated menacing, according to jail records. Sirens and screams were heard in the background of the video, according to ABC News and Reardon tagged Jewish Community Center of Youngston in the Instagram post.

New Middletown Police Chief Vince D'egidio said, "He was implying that he was going to be identified as the shooter of the Jewish Center".

He was charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing and is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $250,000 bond.

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"For a town of 1,700 people, this was a pretty intense situation", D'Egidio told CNN.

An investigation determined the account belonged to Reardon, police said.

It has been less than a year after a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after posting anti-Semitic statements online. He reportedly was actually one of the attendees at the bloody Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in 2017. Lipkin said he and other federation officials stayed in "constant contact" with local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday evening while arranging for increased security at the JCC and other area facilities. "He will be arraigned in Struthers Municipal court on Monday".

It's unclear if he has an attorney in the matter. "We take very seriously the need to be vigilant to ensure the safety of all members of the Jewish community, as well as members and guests of our Jewish Community Center and our other agencies".

He added, "The positive result here is a clear example of the importance of monitoring social media to identify credible, hate-fueled threats before they are acted on".

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