The Israel Police have arrested and taken into custody the main suspect in the recent slew of threats against Jewish Community Centers across America. The 19-year-old, whose identity remains undisclosed at this time, is actually said to practice the religion himself.
According to NBC, the man has dual citizenship between Israel and the United States. He allegedly has a brain tumor, this according to his attorney, which is said to have played a significant hand in the threats he made towards various JCCs.
The Indianapolis Star reveals a statement given by Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israel Police. Rosenfeld gave detail to the 19-year-old’s potential charges, which include making threats related to security as well as publishing false news reports, which led to a state of panic among various Jewish communities around the world.
The unnamed suspect is “very sophisticated,” says a FBI official. Authorities previously believed that they had enough evidence to bring this man to justice this past Monday, but he managed to evade law enforcement once more. While the official admits that the 19-year-old did a “great job” in terms of how long he managed to get away with his crimes, the Israel Police simply did a better one.
Six months of “dogged cyber work,” in addition to intensive IP tracing at the hands of the Israel Police, led to the capture of the suspect. The threats, which included emails and phone calls, were made to synagogues in various American cities, such as St. Louis, New York, Chicago, and Florida, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
Jewish communities in Houston, Texas, were forced to deal with two threats in just one month. All of these threats in the United States turned out to be false; however, authorities have issued regular statements imploring people to be vigilant and keep their guard up, rather than simply take it for granted that these are nothing more than scare tactics. The investigation is said to have spanned “multiple continents,” this according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who made it clear that the targeting of a certain religious group would “not be tolerated,” at least not in his country.
The Whitefish Bay JCC in Wisconsin was actually evacuated four times in six weeks, due to multiple threats being sent out via email. The perpetrator of these terrorism scares alleged that there were bombs in the center, which lead to the Whitefish Bay facility going into lockdown until law enforcement officials had made sure it could be given the all-clear.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
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