Man accused of threat to Jewish centre arrested

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police said a man accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish centre in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.

New Middletown police in the United States (US) said they arrested 20-year-old James Reardon Jr at his home Saturday in the Mahoning County village. WKBN-TV reports Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said Reardon allegedly posted a video last month of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle with the caption, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.”

Reardon is scheduled to be arraigned by video in Struthers Municipal Court.

The post tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. Authorities said the Instagram account was Reardon’s.

Police said rounds of ammunition, semi-automatic weapons and anti-Semitic information were found at his house.

It could not be determined whether Reardon has an attorney.

Andy Lipkin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s executive vice president, said they were aware of the incident and were working with police.

“I want to stress that we know of no other threat to the Jewish Community or to any of our agencies at this point it time,” he said in a statement posted on the organisation’s website. “Nonetheless, I have directed that we maintain the additional level of security for the near future.”