Indiana freelance reporter charged after threatening to ‘kill every Jew’ in Fort Wayne

Jeffrey Stevens faces up to 5 years in federal prison; also threatened to ‘make sure every pro-Israel CIA member is eliminated’

Jeffrey Stevens' mugshot in February 2024. (Huntington County Sheriff Department)
Jeffrey Stevens' mugshot in February 2024. (Huntington County Sheriff Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A freelance reporter based in Fort Wayne, Indiana is facing up to five years in federal prison after allegedly threatening to “kill every Jew” in the city and “shoot every pro-Israel US government official,” according to a federal affidavit filed in court last week.

Jeffrey Stevens, 41, is charged with posting threats using interstate communications, which carries a maximum of five years in federal prison. He was first reported to the FBI after “multiple concerning Facebook posts” following the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with the FBI on February 2, Stevens admitted to posting on the CIA’s website that he was going to shoot pro-Israel US government officials, according to the affidavit. He also admitted to sending the Fort Wayne Police Department a message on Facebook saying he would “kill every Jew.”

He said during the interview that he was drunk when he posted the messages, the affidavit says.

Stevens is also alleged to have posted that he will “make sure that every CIA member who is pro-Israel is eliminated.”

The Detroit News first reported the affidavit Monday.

The affidavit was filed on February 12 in the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Stevens was arrested last week and will remain in custody, according to a February 16 order from a federal judge.

Stevens’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A survey released Tuesday by the American Jewish Committee found one-quarter of American Jews said they have been the target of antisemitism in the past year. The national survey found that nearly two-thirds of American Jews feel less secure in the US than they did a year ago.

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