Ohio man indicted on federal charges for threatening shooting at JCC
search

Ohio man indicted on federal charges for threatening shooting at JCC

FBI says video uploaded by James Reardon to social media showed he had access to weapons and posed a threat to a Jewish community center in Youngstown

This undated photo provided by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office shows James Reardon Jr. Police say Reardon, accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram, was arrested August 17, 2019, on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. (Mahoning County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office shows James Reardon Jr. Police say Reardon, accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram, was arrested August 17, 2019, on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. (Mahoning County Sheriff's Office via AP)

JTA — An Ohio man who identifies with the white nationalist movement was indicted in federal court for using a firearm while making threats against the Youngstown Jewish Community Center in a video posted on social media.

James Reardon, 20, of New Middletown, was indicted on Friday in US District Court with one count of transmitting an interstate communication threat and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio said in a statement.

“This defendant’s video demonstrated that he had access to weapons and he posed a threat to a Jewish community center. Law enforcement cannot wait to see if a shooting is going to occur, law enforcement must act quickly within the confines of the law to disrupt any potential violent act,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith said.

Reardon previously pleaded not guilty to charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing in municipal court in Struthers, near Youngstown. The judge ordered a mental health evaluation and also for Reardon to stay away from synagogues and Jewish organizations.

Screen capture of an Instagram post by Ohio man James Reardon Jr. that federal prosecutors say threatens to carry out a mass shooting at the Youngstown Jewish Community Center in Ohio, posted July 11, 2019. (CBS News screen capture)

A video posted on Instagram in mid-August showed Reardon shooting an assault rifle accompanied by the sounds of sirens and screams. Under the video Reardon added the caption “Police identify shooter of Youngstown Jewish Family Center as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon,” one of his pseudonyms. The Youngstown JCC was tagged in the post.

A search of his home in the Youngstown suburb of New Middletown found assault weapons, extra ammunition and a gas mask, as well as anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda. He attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

read more:
comments