A disgraced former reporter was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday for several bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers, Jewish schools and Jewish museums around the country.
Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis by the FBI for making at least eight bomb threats and the cyberstalking of an ex-girlfriend. Thompson was a former reporter for The Intercept, and was fired after it was discovered that he made up sources and stories, including one about Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.
The criminal complaint states that threats made to the Jewish establishments across the country by Thompson were under his name and the name of his ex-girlfriend, and occurred after the relationship ended. The threats were made by both email and phone calls.
Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, on cyberstalking charges, according to a statement released by United States Attorney Preet Bharara. Law enforcement agents believe Thompson phoned in eight threats to JCCs and the ADL in the woman’s name.
The Editor-in-Chief of the Intercept, Betsy Reed, told BuzzFeed News that based on Thompson’s Twitter feed, he was a former writer at the site. She added that the publication has not been in touch with Thompson since he was fired.
Thompson worked at the Intercept from November 2014 until January 2016.
“Thompson’s alleged pattern of harassment not only involved the defamation of his female victim, but his threats intimidated an entire community,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney Jr. said in the statement.
On Feb. 7, 2017, a Manhattan JCC received an emailed bomb threat claiming that “Juan Thompson put two bomb threats in the office of the Jewish center today. He wants to create Jewish newtown tomorrow.”
There have been more than 100 anti-Semitic threats made to JCCs in the US and Canada this year. The investigation into the rest of the threats remains open.
Per the DOJ press release however, the racist, black Muslim revert is only being hit with a Cyberstalking Charge, despite including “hate crime” as a topic on their webpage:
THOMPSON, 31, of Saint Louis, Missouri, is charged with one count of cyberstalking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.Topic:Cyber CrimeHate Crimes
The Muslim revert is also quite the racist: