(Reuters) – An Ohio man who authorities stated is a self-described white nationalist is in custody on prices that he threatened to assault an area Jewish neighborhood middle.
James Reardon, 20, was being held on $250,000 bond on Sunday on prices of aggravated menacing and on-line harassment, in line with information from the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Authorities discovered weapons, ammunition, physique armor and a fuel masks at his home, native media reported.
Reardon was arrested in his hometown of New Middletown late on Friday after investigators turned conscious of a put up on Instagram that appeared to threaten the Jewish Group Heart of Youngstown, in line with a press release from the Youngstown Space Jewish Basis.
A consumer named “ira_seamus” uploaded a video in July displaying a person capturing what seemed like a semi-automatic rifle, with the sound of screaming and sirens audible over the gunfire. The caption learn, “Police recognized the Youngstown Jewish Household Group shooter as native white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.”
“We subsequently realized that ira_seamus was a web based pseudonym for James Patrick Reardon,” Andy Lipkin, the Jewish federation government vice chairman, stated in a press release. Lipkin stated he and different federation officers stayed in “fixed contact” with native authorities and the FBI on Friday night whereas arranging for elevated safety on the JCC and different space amenities.
It was not instantly clear whether or not Reardon had a protection lawyer.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed the company assisted within the investigation however declined to supply particulars. Police in New Middletown weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.
Different posts on the Instagram account included anti-Semitic and racist feedback, in line with WYTV, an area ABC affiliate in Youngstown.
Reardon participated within the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, the station reported.
“It is a person who has declared himself as a white nationalist,” the police chief in New Middletown, Vincent D’Egidio, instructed the station. “With the hate crimes and the whole lot else happening, we need to be sure that we do our half to verify we did our half to verify this particular person was taken off the streets in a short time.”
Reporting by Joseph Ax; Modifying by Nick Zieminski