Law enforcement officials have announced they arrested a man who they believe is responsible for a wave of bomb threats made this year against Jewish community centers.
The suspect is 31-year-old Juan Thompson. He’s being charged in New York with cyberstalking a woman by communicating threats to a Jewish Community Center in the woman’s name.
Prosecutors said Thompson “appears to have made at least eight of the JCC threats as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate” the woman after their romantic relationship ended. One call was to the national Anti-Defamation League headquarters in New York.
There have been no reports of the suspect possessing or using explosives.
ABC News’s Dan Linden released a flurry of tweets earlier this morning detailing that the suspect was arrested by FBI officials in St. Louis through a joint effort between the FBI and the New York City police department, who had been investigating and tracking Thompson.
ABC News: FBI and NYPD confirm an arrest has been made in connection with some threats/incidents against Jewish institutions. More to come.
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) March 3, 2017
— Juan M. Thompson (@JuanMThompson) February 24, 2017
Thompson was fired from The Intercept in 2016 after he fabricated quotes and made fake emails to impersonate people. The Intercept eventually had to edit four stories from Thompson.
His story claiming Charleston murderer Dylann Roof became racist after an ex-girlfriend started dating a black man after their relationship ended was eventually retracted.