Union County News

Arrest Made in Connection with 8 JCC Bomb Threats

The JCC in Scotch Plains was one of several nationwide to be evacuated Jan. 18 due to a bomb threat. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

ST. LOUIS, MO — Police arrested a man in St. Louis Friday morning in connection with bomb threats made to at least eight Jewish Community Centers, according to the United States Department of Justice. According to the Justice Department, Juan Thompson made the threats in a woman’s name in order to harass her.

Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley said Friday morning that he did not yet know if the Thompson was accused of making the bomb threat to the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains on Jan. 18. Both the Scotch Plains Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s office have been working with that JCC since then to step up security, he noted.

“Thompson’s alleged pattern of harassment not only involved the defamation of his female victim, but his threats intimidated an entire community,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a press release. “The FBI and our partners take these crimes seriously. I would also like to thank the NYPD and the New York State Police, who continue to work shoulder to shoulder with us as we investigate and track down every single threat and work together to achieve justice for our communities that have been victimized by these threats.”

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