FBI Identifies Suspect Connected to NJ Synagogues Threat, Shuls Should Remain Vigilant

FBI Identifies Suspect Connected to NJ Synagogues Threat, Shuls Should Remain Vigilant

By Yehudit Garmaise

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified the man connected to the widespread, but vague threats against New Jersey synagogues yesterday that prompted warnings to shuls in the tri-state area to bolster their security precautions.

Multiple law enforcement who interviewed the suspect described him as an autistic man who had been bullied in the past, nbcnewyork reported.

The suspect allegedly told law enforcement officials that he felt anger toward Jewish people, but that he would not hurt them because “he wouldn't want to get into trouble.”

The FBI did not provide any update on whether the suspect would be charged, but FBI’s Newark branch said it would provide additional information later today.

"We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility," FBI Newark tweeted yesterday. "We shall share more information as soon as we can. Stay alert. In case of emergency call police."

NYPD Inspector Richie Taylor soon told BoroPark24 that no credible threats had been detected in NYC, but that the NYPD is closely monitoring for any danger that is directed at New Yorkers. 

Extra NYPD patrols will be out this Shabbos in frum neighborhoods, and Shomrim had stepped up its initiative to install landlines in shuls in cases of emergencies on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

Many community security volunteers remind mispallelim that keeping the doors of their shuls locked is one of the best protections against violent intruders. 

While no specific plot or action is underway, the FBI said, the agency still felt that the public should be alerted so shuls could enhance their security and remain vigilant considering the current anti-Semitic statements and hate crimes that have recently taken place in NYC, NJ, and nationwide.

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