Fri. 12:15 p.m.: Man charged in JCC threats appears in federal court
YOUNGSTOWN – James Reardon, charged with making threats against the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court.
U.S. Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert ordered Reardon, 20, of New Middletown, remain in the Mahoning County jail until his Thursday preliminary hearing.
Reardon faces one count of transmitting threatening communications via interstate commerce.
New Middletown police contacted the FBI on Aug. 16 after being made aware of a video posted on an Instagram page by user “ira_seamus.” The video showed Reardon holding an assault rifle with the JCC of Youngstown tagged in the post, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The video also had a caption that notes, in part, “the police have identified the shooter of the Youngstown Jewish Family Community Center as local white nationalist Sheamus O’Reardon,” according to the FBI.
Law enforcement obtained a search warrant later on Aug. 16 and found an AR-15 assault rifle, an MP-40 submachine gun, numerous Nazi World War II propaganda posters, a rifle bayonet, a Hitler Youth knife and other vintage U.S. military equipment in his basement.
For more on this story, including comments made exclusively by Reardon’s attorney to the Tribune Chronicle, read Saturday’s Tribune Chronicle.