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White supremacist charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish community center

19 August 2019

James Patrick Reardon, 20, was charged Saturday with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing for allegedly posting a chilling clip of a man firing multiple rounds from a rifle in the dark, as sirens and screams can be heard in the background, WYTV reported. James Patrick Reardon was booked in OH after weeks of worry over his plans.

Reardon was arrested in his hometown of New Middletown late on Friday after investigators became aware of a post on Instagram that appeared to threaten the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, according to a statement from the Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation.

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".

New Middletown Police Chief Vince D'Egidio said they believed Seamus O'Reardon was a pseudonym for James Reardon.

James Reardon, 20, was arrested in connection with an online threat to the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, according to a sergeant with The Mahoning County Sheriff's Office. During the raid on his house on Friday police also discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda. Police in New Middletown did not respond to a request for comment.

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New Middletown police and members of the Violent Crimes Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation served an arrest warrant for Reardon, then took him into custody when he arrived home.

Authorities say the Instagram account was Reardon's.

"That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation because of the way the world is", D'Egidio said in the report.

In a YouTube video documentary from the rally, Reardon, then-18, says he considers himself a white nationalist and member of the alt-right, not a neo-Nazi, and adds that he wants "a homeland for white people".

His bail was set at $250,000, with a court hearing planned for Monday.

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Reardon, who was present at the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 where Heather Heyer was killed after a neo-Nazi rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Youngstown is also about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh, where a gunman targeted and killed 11 worshipers in a synagogue last October.

"I want to stress that we know of no other threat to the Jewish Community or to any of our agencies at this point it time".

In the meantime, The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation said it had arranged for extra security personnel to be present at the community center and area synagogues. "The positive result here is a clear example of the importance of monitoring social media to identify credible, hate-fueled threats before they are acted on".

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White supremacist charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish community center