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Youngstown man arrested for making threats against Jewish community

Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 19:17:28-04

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown police have arrested a man who allegedly made credible threats online about the Youngstown JCC and the Jewish community.

New Middletown police said James Reardon, 20, is charged with telecommunications harrassment and aggravated menacing.

The Cleveland Anti-Defamation League notified local synagogues about the threat and sent extra security.

“I am so very grateful to the local FBI and law enforcement for their swift and strong response to this matter and for their continued willingness to keep the lines of communication open at all times. It is because of their efforts that a very positive resolution to this matter has occurred. 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," said Executive Vice President of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Andy Lipkin.

Authorities do not believe there is still a threat but said they are investigating other potential suspects.