The FBI has arrested Juan Thompson, 31, in St. Louis, MO. Thompson is accused of making at least 8 of the threats against Jewish community centers.
In am apparent intense campaign of harassment against against his “former lover”. Thompson was responsible for bomb threats against the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish facilities around the country, authorities said Friday.
Law enforcement sources say that suspect, Juan Thompson, was arrested in St. Louis for multiple threats against JCC’s including some in the New York tri-state area.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in NY implicated Thompson in trying to “harass and intimidate” an unnamed victim with whom he had a relationship.
According to that complaint, Thompson went to “extreme lengths” including sending faxes to a company alleging the victim had made anti-Semitic statements on social media.
Eventually, Thompson made at least eight of the JCC threats – some in the victim’s name and some in his name as part of a campaign by the victim to smear him, said the FBI.
According to the allegations in the Complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court[
In recent months, the FBI and this Office have been investigating a series of threats across the country principally targeting JCCs, schools, and other organizations that provide service to and on behalf of the Jewish community (the “JCC Threats”). Based on the investigation, THOMPSON appears to have made at least eight of the JCC Threats as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate Victim-1. THOMPSON’s harassment of Victim-1 appears to have begun shortly after their romantic relationship ended and to have included, among other things, defamatory emails and faxes to Victim-1’s employer, false reports of criminal activity by Victim-1, and JCC Threats in Victim-1’s name.
In July 2016, an email was sent to Victim-1’s employer that made false allegations about Victim-1, including that she had broken the law, using an internet protocol (“IP”) address that THOMPSON had previously used to access his social media account. On October 15, 2016, an IP address that traced back to THOMPSON’s residence was used to report falsely that Victim-1 possessed child pornography. When confronted by law enforcement on November 22, 2016, THOMPSON claimed that his email account had been hacked a few weeks earlier.
In January and February 2017, THOMPSON appears to have made at least eight JCC Threats as part of his campaign of harassment against Victim-1. For instance, on or about February 21, 2017, the Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”) received an emailed threat at their midtown Manhattan office, which indicated that “[Victim-1’s name and birthdate] is behind the bomb threats against jews. She lives in nyc and is making more bomb threats tomorrow.” The next day, the ADL received a phone call claiming that explosive material had been placed in the ADL’s midtown Manhattan office.
Some of THOMPSON’s JCC Threats appear to have been made in his own name, as part of an effort to claim that Victim-1 was trying to frame THOMPSON for a crime. For instance, on or about February 7, 2017, a JCC in Manhattan received an emailed bomb threat from an anonymous email account, which stated: “Juan Thompson [THOMPSON’s birthday] put two bombs in the office of the Jewish center today. He wants to create Jewish newtown tomorrow.” The email’s use of the phrase “Jewish newtown” appeared to refer to a December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman murdered 26 victims, including 20 children.
In February 2017, a Twitter account that appears to be used by THOMPSON (the “Thompson Twitter Account”) was used to accuse Victim-1 of responsibility for the JCC Threats and claim that Victim-1 was trying to frame THOMPSON for her crimes. For instance, on February 24, 2017, the Thompson Twitter Account posted: “[s]he [Victim-1], though I can’t prove it, even sent a bomb threat in my name to a Jewish center, which was odd given her antisemitic statements. I got a visit from the FBI. So now I’m battling the racist FBI and this vile, evil, racist white woman.” On February 26, 2017, the Thompson Twitter Account posted “The hatred of Jews goes across all demos. Ask NYC’s [Victim-1’s employer]. They employ a filthy anti-Semite in [Victim-1]. These ppl are evil.”
The Full Department of Justice Report can be read >> HERE
The FBI is also investigating if Thompson had anything to do with the St. Louis, MO. jewish cemetery desecration.
Reports speculate that the alleged JCC bomb hoaxer may Juan Thompson , a national reporter from St. Louis, who was fired for making up fake news stories. Read Full Story on his firing >> HERE
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