(Reuters) – An alleged self-described white nationalist, considered one of three males in the USA accused of planning mass shootings in every week, pleaded not responsible on Monday to expenses that he threatened to assault a Jewish neighborhood heart, the courtroom clerk mentioned.
At an arraignment in Struthers, Ohio, the place he confronted expenses of aggravated menacing and on-line harassment, James Reardon entered his plea by video hyperlink from a county jail in Youngstown, 10 miles (16 km) away, Municipal Court docket Clerk Lorraine Sciortino mentioned by phone.
Reardon, 20, who was arrested on Saturday in his hometown of New Middletown, is being held on $250,000 bond, based on jail information. Ought to he publish bond, he faces court-ordered situations that embody not possessing firearms and staying off social media, Sciortino mentioned.
Reardon was arrested after investigators discovered a social media publish by which he appeared to threaten the Jewish Group Middle of Youngstown, based on a press release from the Youngstown Space Jewish Basis.
Tv station WYTV in Youngstown reported native police chief mentioned Reardon “declared himself a white nationalist” and that he participated within the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
The assault Reardon was allegedly planning would have come amid two different mass shootings that authorities declare to have thwarted in Florida and Connecticut in current days, and follows three different capturing sprees since late July that took 34 lives.
In Florida, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned it arrested Tristan Wix, 25, of Daytona Seaside on Friday after he texted a former girlfriend on Aug. 11 about plans to kill 100 individuals in a mass capturing.
“I’m not loopy I simply wanna die and I wanna have enjoyable doing it, however I’m probably the most affected person individual on the planet,” the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Wix wrote in a textual content.
A Sheriff’s Workplace spokesman mentioned by e-mail search of Wix’s dwelling turned up a .22 caliber rifle belonging to his stepfather with about 400 rounds of ammunition.
“It’s unhappy and disturbing that what occurred right here in Volusia County was considered one of three related circumstances throughout the nation in only a few days,” Sheriff Michael Chitwood mentioned in a press release.
“However it’s additionally encouraging that in every case, a tip from the general public enabled legislation enforcement to step in and make an arrest earlier than anybody was killed,” he added.
Wix, who faces a felony cost of threatening to kill or do bodily damage, is being held with out bond. No courtroom date has been scheduled.
In Connecticut, authorities are holding Brandon Wagshol, 22, on $250,000 bond after Norwalk police mentioned they arrested him final Thursday, accusing him of posting on Fb an curiosity in committing a mass capturing. He faces 4 counts of possessing large-capacity magazines after a search of his dwelling turned up various firearms and ammunition, police mentioned.
Attorneys for Reardon and the opposite two suspects couldn’t be reached.
The arrests observe three mass shootings, together with incidents in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, inside 13 hours of each other on Aug. three and four, and a capturing in Gilroy, California, on July 28.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Modifying by Matthew Lewis and Dan Grebler