Federal authorities said that on Friday a former reporter for a news website was charged with making more than a half-dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centres, schools, and a Jewish history museum.
Implicating his ex:
In a federal complaint unsealed on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis made some of the threats using his own name and others implicating a former girlfriend as part of an effort to intimidate her.
on Feb. 1, Thompson claimed he had placed two bombs in the school and was “eager for Jewish newtown,” in refrence to the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn where a gunman murdered 20 students and six school employees.
The Intercept, a news website, confirmed that Thompson worked for them for a little more than a year, until he was fired on January 2016 after discovering he had fabricated sources and quotes in his articles.
According to federal law enforcement officials, it is believed that Thompson is not responsible for most of the threats against Jewish centres around the country,
The people responsible for those threats is still not identified by investigators, as they made the threats using sophisticated technology to mask personal details, like identity and the origin of the internet-based calls.
F.B.I. special agent Christopher Mills said that Thompson’s threats were a part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate his former girlfriend. She issued a complaint stating that harassment began shortly after she ended their romantic relationship last July.
The Next level Of harassment:
According to the complaint, Thompson made at least eight threats against Jewish schools and community centers in New York, Dallas, Farmington Hills and San Diego.
Mr. Bharara said in a statement: “Threats of violence targeting people and places based on religion or race — whatever the motivation — are unacceptable, un-American and criminal. We are committed to pursuing and prosecuting those who foment fear and hate through such criminal threats.”
On Friday, Thompson was arrested in St. Louis. A federal magistrate judge ordered him held without bond untill a detention hearing on Wednesday. An office spokeswoman said that Mr. Bharara’s office will pursue to have Mr. Thompson, who is charged with one count of cyberstalking, brought to Manhattan to face prosecution.
After harassing his former girlfriend for several months Thompson, started making bomb threats in January. Last August, she obtained a New York State order of protection against him, which was renewed in October and then December.
Thompson sent emails and faxes to her employer with false claims including that she was anti-Semitic. He also sent her an anonymous email, attaching nude photographs of her and threatening to release them publicly
On Jan. 28, he made a bomb threat against a Jewish history museum in Manhattan. An email was sent to the Anti-Defamation League on February 21st claiming that former girlfriend was “behind the bomb threats against jews” and that she would be making more threats.