Feds allege scheme part of cyberstalking of former girlfriend.
Authorities have arrested Juan Thompson, 31, in St. Louis, MO, for threatening Jewish community centers as revenge against a former lover. From ABC:
The suspect, 31-year-old Juan Thompson, is accused of what federal prosecutors called a “campaign to harass and intimidate.” He’s charged in New York with cyberstalking a woman by communicating threats to JCCs in the woman’s name. Prosecutors said Thompson “appears to have made at least eight of the JCC threats as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate” the woman after their romantic relationship ended.
From NBC New York:
Thompson faces charges of cyberstalking and other crimes in connection with the threats. He is expected to be arraigned in federal court in Missouri later Friday. Information on an attorney for him wasn’t immediately available.
“Today, we have charged Juan Thompson with allegedly stalking a former romantic interest by, among other things, making bomb threats in her name to Jewish Community Centers and to the Anti-Defamation League,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said. “Threats of violence targeting people and places based on religion or race – whatever the motivation – are unacceptable, un-American, and criminal.”
Here is a copy of the complaint. A full copy is embedded below. Here is the “Overview”:
From The New York Times:
The man, Juan Thompson, made some of the threats in his own name and others in the name of a former girlfriend, apparently in an attempt to intimidate her, according to a federal complaint filed by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan and unsealed on Friday.
In one threat, made on Feb. 1 against a Jewish school in Farmington Hills, Mich., the complaint said, Mr. Thompson claimed that he had placed two bombs in the school and was “eager for Jewish newton,” an apparent reference to the December 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 20 students and six school employees.
Allegedly, this is the same Juan Thompson who fabricated sources at The Intercept. The complaint cites his Twitter account:
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) March 3, 2017
This is the tweet referenced:
— Juan M. Thompson (@JuanMThompson) February 24, 2017
My Feb 2016 piece on Juan Thompson, who "invented quotes, storylines and even sources” while at the Intercept https://t.co/bZzrlrX0W0
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) March 3, 2017
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) March 3, 2017
More to follow.
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