March 3, 2017
ABC Radio News reports that the FBI has made an arrest in connection with the recent threats to Jewish Community Centers. Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, by the FBI. He is accused of making at least eight of the threats against JCCs.
Updated: 6:05pm – Statement From Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“The recent increase in anti-Semitic threats and acts of intolerance is disturbing, unacceptable, and directly contradicts New York’s core values of tolerance and diversity. Today’s arrest sends a strong message that anyone who targets and instills fear in our communities will be brought to justice.
“New York State Police will continue to work in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement to aggressively pursue investigations into any reported hate crime in our state. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold those responsible for these reprehensible actions fully accountable under the law.
“With the Statue of Liberty standing tall in our harbor, New York has always been and will continue to be a beacon of unity and hope for all, and we will not allow anyone to threaten those values.”
All New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call DHR’s toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or text “HATE” to 81336. If you want to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.
Statement From State Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan:
Today, federal authorities announced they have tracked down and apprehended a person they believe is responsible for making a series of threats to Jewish Community Centers in New York and across the country.
We salute law enforcement officials for their commitment to bringing this individual to justice, and their tireless work in getting the job done. There is no place for hatred and division, whether it is here in New York or anywhere. We know that anti-Semitism exists, but we do not have to accept it.
I am hopeful that this arrest sends a clear message about bigotry and fear, that it dissuades others from making such threats, and that we can all move forward together.
In New York, we are fortunate to be home to many different people of many different faiths, all of whom are New Yorkers. Regardless of the acts or intentions of others, we continue to stand united with all people of Jewish faith and with their families.