A man arrested in Ohio for threatening a Jewish community center on Instagram is an avowed white nationalist and had an arsenal of firearms and combat gear in his home when he was taken into custody, police said.
James Reardon Jr., 20, was arrested by New Middletown Police on Saturday and faces charges of menacing and harassing. He’s being held on $250,000 bond in Mahoning County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Vincent D’Egidio, the police chief in New Middletown, told CBS affiliate WKBN-TV officers on Friday got a tip about the video, which shows a man who appears to be Reardon firing a semi-automatic rifle.
The caption on the post, which appeared on the account @ira_sheamus, reads, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.” “Seamus” is the Gaelic equivalent of “James.” The user tagged the Youngstown center in the post, which was dated July 11.
“That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation because of the way the world is,” D’Egidio said. He said his officers ramped up protection at the community center and the department contacted the FBI.
On Friday, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force obtained a warrant and raided Reardon’s home, WKBN-TV reports. Officers seized several weapons, a gas mask, body armor and dozens of rounds of ammunition, as well as anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.
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Source: CBS News