September 21, 2021

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Police Arrest White Supremacist Threatening to Attack Jewish Community Center

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Police Arrest White Supremacist Threatening to Attack Jewish Community Center

An Ohio man was arrested on Saturday for threatening to attack a local Jewish community center, reports say.

TIME reports that the suspect identified as James Patrick Reardon, 20, was arrested after he posted a video of a man shooting a rifle on Instagram on July 11, the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation said in a statement to TIME.

Beneath the post, a caption said, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon,” and the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown was tagged on the post.

Police connected the account to Reardon and discovered that his account had posted racist slurs and other prejudiced comments, local ABC affiliate WYTV reported.

After receiving a warrant on Friday, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force raided Reardon’s home and confiscated several semi-automatic weapons, dozens of rounds of ammunition, bulletproof armor and a gas mask. Anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda was discovered at the scene, according to WYTV.

Reardon had allegedly identified himself as a white nationalist before. He took part in the Aug. 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event turned deadly when a white supremacist drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others.

Reardon is being held at the Mahoning County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond, according to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office.

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