A Man Was Arrested for Threatening the Jewish Community: After his arraignment on Sunday, one of the men detained in connection with an alleged threat to assault synagogues in New York City told police he runs a white supremacist Twitter account that he thinks “is pretty amazing.” This information was included in the public criminal complaint.
A Jewish Community Threatened by a Man Who Was Arrested
After his arraignment on Sunday, one of the men detained in connection with an alleged threat to assault synagogues in New York City told police he runs a white supremacist Twitter account that he thinks “is pretty amazing.” This information was included in the public criminal complaint.
On Saturday, police in New York City detained 21-year-old Christopher Brown on charges that he threatened Jews in the area. According to law enforcement, the individual from Suffolk County, New York made a series of progressively alarming threats about assaulting a synagogue in New York City. According to the complaint, Brown tweeted antisemitic threats using the handle “VrilKhan” and told police, “I have a bad mentality.”
Police said there was no specific synagogue involved in the threat that was discovered by NYPD and FBI counterterrorism detectives on Friday. Brown was the subject of a picture and an intelligence warning that said he had “made recent threats to unknown Jewish Synagogues in the New York Area.” According to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, “eagle-eyed” MTA police officers noticed the man entering Penn Station in Manhattan with another person on Saturday, where he was subsequently caught carrying a knife.
Brown was detained by two MTA police officers at Penn Station; they claim he met another guy, 22-year-old Matthew Mahrer, inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then bought a pistol from Mahrer for $650 in Pennsylvania. Police said Brown had a ski mask, an arm patch for the terrorist group Swastika, and a military-style knife measuring 8 inches overall with a blade of 4 inches.
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The police in Aquebogue, New York, have arrested a man named Brown on charges of terroristic threat, aggravated harassment, and criminal possession of a firearm. At his arraignment, he entered a not-guilty plea and was subsequently ordered jailed without bail.
Mahrer, a resident of Manhattan, has been arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm in relation to this event. When asked about the weapon allegations, Mahrer said he would not plead guilty. In this case, the judge decided to set bail at the amount of $150,000. The sources stated that the federal prosecutors are still thinking about filing further charges.
It’s unknown whether or not the two individuals have legal representation. According to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, “a possible catastrophe was averted when they were arrested by police officers at Penn Station,” since the suspects had previously stated online their intention to use the guns in a synagogue in Manhattan. It is appalling that synagogues have been the targets of antisemitic violence.
After the FBI warned of a “broad threat” to New Jersey synagogues on Twitter and asked the public to “remain vigilant” and “take all security precautions,” the arrests were made more than two weeks later.
Eventually, the FBI said that they had tracked down the individual responsible for the threat made against a synagogue in the New Jersey region. A threat was deemed to not exist once officials identified the young man, so the rumors go.
The Justice Department announced the subsequent arrest of a Sayreville, New Jersey, male aged 18 on suspicion of one count of communicating a threat in interstate and foreign commerce.
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