Following internet threats to assault a synagogue in New York City, a 21-year-old Aquebogue man was detained at Penn Station. According to Mayor Eric Adams, the threats were not made in jest.
According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Brown admitted to having a "sick personality" and tweeted that he planned to seek a priest "whether I should become a husband or shoot up a synagogue and die."
According to the prosecution, police found a Glock semi-automatic weapon with a 30-round extended magazine and laser sight, a sizable hunting knife, a black ski mask, and a Nazi armband.
Christopher Brown and Mathew Mahrer Arrested
In response to the threats, the NYPD, the New York State Police, and the two main Long Island departments have strengthened security at synagogues and other Jewish organizations. According to Adams, the additional security for the city's 1.6 million Jews will last through Hanukah.
Following a warning from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, MTA police officers observed Brown and another man, Matthew Mahrer, 22, entering Penn Station. They then made an arrest. According to the FBI, Brown allegedly presented a threat to an unnamed synagogue. Mahrer was later revealed to be a companion.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, stated in a tweet on Sunday that she had instructed State Police to increase support for communities that may be the target of hate crimes. After a disturbing threat was posted online two weeks ago by a teen from New Jersey, many people in the Jewish community are already on edge.
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