James Patrick Reardon was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Saturday on one depend of telecommunications harassment and one depend of aggravated menacing, based on on-line jail information.
New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio stated an Instagram account belonging to Reardon shared a video that confirmed a person firing a gun. The submit, which was proven to an officer who was on an unrelated name, tagged the Jewish Neighborhood Middle of Youngstown, D’Egidio instructed CNN in an interview. Youngstown is about 13 miles north of New Middletown.
Youngstown can also be about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh, the place a gunman focused and killed 11 worshipers in a synagogue final October.
It is unclear whether or not the person taking pictures the gun within the Instagram submit was Reardon or another person.
In line with Andy Lipkin, the chief vice-president of the Youngstown Space Jewish Federation, the submit was accompanied by a caption that learn, “Police recognized the Youngstown Jewish Household Neighborhood shooter as native white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.” That could be a Gaelic model of Reardon’s title.
“With all the pieces occurring,” D’Egidio stated, “we wished to ensure we acted in a short time on this.”
Instagram account contained anti-Semitic feedback
When authorities checked out the remainder of the Instagram account, there have been a number of pictures of Reardon or another person taking pictures weapons, D’Egidio stated, and plenty of anti-Semitic feedback and white nationalist content material.
New Middletown police contacted the neighborhood heart, Youngstown police and the FBI to make them conscious of the risk. The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Process Power additionally helped, the police chief stated, which is a part of the FBI Violent Crimes Process Power.
“For a city of 1,700 individuals, this was a fairly intense state of affairs,” D’Egidio instructed CNN.
Authorities knew based mostly on public information that Reardon owned weapons, the police chief stated, and so they executed a search warrant at his house round 10:30 p.m. Friday night time.
Reardon’s mom answered the door, and he arrived about 20 minutes after the search had began, D’Egidio stated. There, police discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition.
Reardon was finally arrested with out incident and brought to the county jail. His bond has been set at $250,000, and D’Egidio stated he can be arraigned Monday morning.
It was unclear whether or not Reardon was represented by an legal professional.
‘The system labored’
Within the meantime, The Youngstown Space Jewish Federation stated it had organized for additional safety personnel to be current on the neighborhood heart and space synagogues.
The federation’s Lipkin thanked legislation enforcement in a press release for his or her “swift and robust response to this matter and for his or her continued willingness to maintain the traces of communication open always.”
“Whereas we’ve got no remark about Mr. Reardon and the felony justice course of that may decide what prices may be introduced towards him, I need to stress at the moment that this can be a clear instance of all the pieces going proper. The system labored,” Lipkin stated.
“The optimistic outcome here’s a clear instance of the significance of monitoring social media to determine credible, hate-fueled threats earlier than they’re acted on,” he added.