Arrest Made In Connection With New Jersey Synagogue Threats

Suspect could face up to five years in prison

  • An 18-year-old male was arrested for allegedly threatening New Jersey synagogues and sharing “a manifesto containing threats to attack a synagogue and Jewish people” on social media.
  • Omar Alkattoul sent the manifesto motivated by his “hatred towards Jews and their heinous acts,” to at least five other individuals and said, “I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself … I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you this attack is not one of them.”
  • In response to the threat, the FBI increased police presence at synagogues and yeshivas earlier this month.
  • Alkattoul is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
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