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Ohio man charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish center

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Published on August 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Ohio man charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish center

James Reardon Jr., a 20-year-old from Ohio, is in custody after authorities discovered a video on his Instagram account threatening to shoot up the local Jewish Community Center of Youngstown and authorities also found rounds of ammo and several semi-automatic weapons after his home was raided Friday night.

Reardon is being held on charges of aggravated menacing and online harassment at Mahoning County Jail.

Colette Luke has more.

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Ohio man charged with threatening to shoot up Jewish center

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NO USE YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES**~ Twenty-year-old James Reardon Jr., a self-described white nationalist, is in custody on charges that he threatened to attack a local Jewish community center in Youngstown, Ohio, according to authorities.

An investigation into Reardon came about after police became aware of a video uploaded to Instagram in July showing a man shooting what looked like a semi-automatic rifle.

The caption read: "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon" (SOUNDBITE) NEW MIDDLETOWN POLICE CHIEF VINCE D'EGIDIO SAYING: "That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation..." New Middletown Ohio Police Chief Vince D'Egidio said authorities determined the account belonged to Reardon.

He said the rest of the social media account was filled with racial slurs… (SOUNDBITE) NEW MIDDLETOWN POLICE CHIEF VINCE D'EGIDIO SAYING: "This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist with the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we did our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly…" On Friday, the F-B-I raided Reardon's home in New Middletown, Ohio where they seized rounds of ammo, several semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor….

They also found anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda… The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation said they increased security at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown and other local synagogues... Reardon is being held on a $250,000 bond.

His arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning…

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